Farm

USDA Announces Additional Grants through Farm to School

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.


EPA Proposes Lower Renewable Fuels Requirement

Earlier Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. The proposed rule released by the EPA lowers the required consumption of conventional renewable fuel to 13.01 billion gallons, despite the law mandating consumption of 14.4 billion gallons, and below the 2013 level of 13.8 billion gallons. It also provides that biodiesel remains at 1.28 billion gallons; EPA has also proposed to reduce the total advanced biofuels requirement, which also limits the opportunities for biodiesel.


Senators Push for Biodiesel Support in RFS

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, November 14th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Obama Administration to support the American biodiesel industry in its upcoming 2014 regulatory proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Current projections indicate that the industry will produce 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2014, continuing its pattern of exceeding annual RFS targets.


MN Soybean SFY Mission Trip Applications Open

Mankato, Minn.— There’s no better way to learn about what is happening in the global soybean market than to see it for yourself. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSRPC) is coordinating a See For Yourself trip to Japan and the Philippines to show Minnesota soybean farmers where their soybeans are going, to build relationships with foreign buyers and to help farmers better understand how their checkoff dollars are being invested. It also provides you with a chance to evaluate your investment.


MN Egg Farmer Named Finalist in Super Bowl TV Contest

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The owners of a Minnesota egg farm are one step closer to winning a free Super Bowl commercial having been named finalists in a national TV contest. Locally Laid Egg Company is located in Wrenshall, Minnesota and is one of more than 15,000 small businesses nationwide vying to win a free 30-second spot in the Super Bowl on February 2. Locally Laid co-owners Jason and Lucie Amundsen submitted a video entry featuring their charismatic chickens – all named LoLa – in Intuit’s “Small Business Big Game” contest, sponsored by QuickBooks.


Midwest Dairy Council's Fuel Up Milk Contest Winners

After heading back to school this fall, students across the Midwest enjoyed creating their very own milk mustache poses for a chance to win Midwest Dairy Council's Fuel Up with Milk World School Milk Day Contest. Students were encouraged to submit photos of themselves wearing real milk mustaches or milk mustache stickers while participating in various school activities -- eating breakfast or lunch, working at a computer, doing a favorite physical activity or simply posing with a teacher or school principal.


Green Plains Purchases Two BioFuel Energy Corp.'s Ethanol Plants

OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire two ethanol plants of BioFuel Energy Corp. ("BIOF") from an entity composed of its lender group. The ethanol plants are located in Wood River, NE and Fairmont, MN. BIOF had previously agreed to transfer the ethanol plants to the lender group entity pursuant to a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Following the transfers, Green Plains will purchase the ethanol plants and certain related assets from the lender group entity.


Pipestone System Responds to Animal Mistreatment Allegations

(Pipestone Systems) -- The Pipestone System has recently cooperated with the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office in response to a complaint of animal mistreatment by a former employee. The complaint was lodged by Jessica Marie Buck, a former Pipestone System employee, who we believe to be an undercover activist with the Mercy for Animals organization. It’s our understanding that the Pipestone County Prosecutor has determined not to bring any charges against any of the employees on the farm at this time.


E15 & E30 Available at Minneapolis Penn Minnoo

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minneapolis filling station is offering consumers more choices when filling their vehicles. The Penn Minnoco Station at W 60th Street and Penn Avenue South has E15 and E30 on tap. Vehicle owners with 2001 and later models can use the E15 blend, similar to the current E10. The E30 blend offers additional flexibility for anyone driving a flex fuel car.