Innovation Grant Program returns with focus on profitability

The Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program returns for its fourth year of funding farmer-led research with an additional focus in 2020: On-farm profitability. For the first time, the program will be seeking innovation in economics and management that make corn farm operations more profitable.

The 2020 Innovation Grant Program will continue to seek solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water, along with novel ideas in tillage and production practices that enhance water quality.

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Registration is open for MN Ag EXPO 2020

MN Ag EXPO returns to Mankato Jan. 22-23, and registration is officially open for one of Minnesota’s premier agricultural trade shows.

MN Ag EXPO is free to attend, but you will need to register prior to the event to ensure you have a meal ticket during the two-day trade show. This year will again feature an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers.

Announced so far,

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Minnesota row crop farmers finding harvest slow going

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Some Minnesota row crop producers have been able to finish bringing in their soybeans, while others were in the middle of gathering them when the wet weather called a halt to harvest this week.

Very few have made much progress with their corn crop. And in both grains and oil seeds, producers are seeing high moisture levels, meaning time and expense putting the crop through grain dryers.

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Keep farm safety top-of-mind this harvest season

The sound of the combine is in the air as harvest returns to Minnesota farm country. But as farmers work to beat the next round of rain (or worse, snow), it is imperative safety remains top-of-mind.

Here are some safety tips to review before the long hours begin:

  • Road safety: Ensure “Slow Moving Vehicle” signs on all farm equipment are large and observable for oncoming traffic. And double check that all lights,
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Middle East and African officials get up-close look at Minnesota-made ethanol

Fifteen Middle Eastern and African high-level officials visited Minnesota last week for a comprehensive tour of Minnesota’s ethanol industry. The group toured everything from the farm to the pump as they explore ethanol to meet biofuel goals in their home countries.

The delegation included members from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Jordan. Each traveled to Minnesota from Washington, D.C., where they attended the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Global Ethanol Summit.

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