Perfect storm squeezes MN propane supply

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Demand for propane in Minnesota is surging following a delayed harvest leaving corn with higher moisture content and an earlier-than-usual start to home-heating season. Consumption is running at levels not seen in seven years, according to some propane dealers.

This is the wettest year on record for Minnesota, combined with the lowest amount of measured evaporation since 1964, according to University of Minnesota College of Food,

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MCGA’s Thalmann defends the RFS in EPA hearing on waivers

(MCGA Chairman Brian Thalmann (second from right) testified at the EPA hearing today)

Minnesota Corn Growers Association Chairman Brian Thalmann testified in Ypsilanti, Mich., earlier today calling on the EPA to follow the law and accurately account for expected refinery waivers in the 2020 RFS volume rule. Thalmann testified on behalf of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as a member of NCGA’s Ethanol Action Team.

Thalmann interrupted harvest work on his Plato farm to testify in the EPA hearing to review the agency’s supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rulemaking.

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County organizations step up for banner year of ethanol promotion

County corn organizations stepped up across Minnesota to organize fuel promotion events raising awareness of the benefits of ethanol-blended fuels and offering discounts on E85 and E15. More events were held across Greater Minnesota over the summer driving season than ever before, reaching thousands of drivers in outstate communities.

In all, 33 fuel promotion events were held over the last six months, resulting in nearly 7,000 gallons of E15 and more than 13,000 gallons of E85 pumped.

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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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