MCGA partners with Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for Fall Harvest Festival

Wouldn't a corn-themed scarecrow fit in well with this handsome bunch?

Wouldn’t a corn-themed scarecrow fit in well with this handsome bunch?

Written by Nicole Krumrie

When people think of fall, sights and sounds that come to mind are colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and corn ready for harvest. The Fall Harvest season at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum combines all of those into a great, family-friendly event on Oct. 2. This event is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is a sponsor of the Arboretum Fall Harvest Season, which features events September through October. The Arboretum is a great place to connect with non-farming consumers in the Twin Cities,

Oct. 2 festival schedule:

8 a.m. — Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk registration

9 a.m. – Harvest Hustle 5K Race Start

Noon-4 p.m. — Festival at the Margot Picnic Shelters

– Games (pumpkin bowling, ladder golf, bean bag toss, pumpkin tic-tac-toe)

– Arts and crafts (corn cob painting, paint-a-pumpkin)

– Kiddy Activities (Hay maze & corn pit)

– Corn Roast

– Apple tastings

– Concession stand

Visitors at the festival can also view themed scarecrows displayed along walking paths, created by Arboretum staff and visitors. Take a tour along some of the walking and nature trails, enjoy the fall colors, and have the opportunity to capture some beautiful photos. And don’t miss MCGA’s corn plot at the Arboretum showing the difference between field and sweet corn.

It'll be a Pumpkinpalooza at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Oct. 2.

It’ll be a Pumpkinpalooza at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Oct. 2.

Indoors, view some of the smallest and largest pumpkins that the Arboretum harvested this season. There will also be an apple tasting station where visitors can taste, rate, and help name new apple varieties that are currently in research phase trials. You never know, these new apples might even be more popular than the HoneyCrisp variety.

Another great feature at the festival is being able to create a scarecrow with your group of family and friends. All you need to bring is $10 and a set of clothes for your scarecrow to wear and the Arboretum will provide the rest of the supplies. Who’s up for making a corn-themed scarecrow?

Unfortunately, the fall season doesn’t last forever. So bring your family, friends, or neighbors to the Fall Harvest Festival at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Oct. 2 and enjoy the beauty of fall (and have lots of fun)!

To learn more about the event, click here.

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Farmers foster soil health to fight wind erosion

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler's farm near Lake Wilson.

Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler’s farm near Lake Wilson.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

On Thursday, despite rain and the threat of thunder, a group of farmers crowded around a pit dug in the midst of row crops almost ready to harvest. They were eager to hear about techniques to assure the health of the soil on their farms for generations to come.

Two soil experts pointed out the layer-cake quality and texture found in healthy soil.

University of Minnesota soil expert Jodi deJong-Hughes said wind erosion is a major enemy of soil health. She told the audience that soil particles that originated in western Minnesota and the Dakotas have been found in Central Park in New York City due to wind erosion.

Some spots in North Dakota have lost 19 inches of topsoil due to wind erosion. The good news is that farmers are developing tools to keep their rich, productive topsoil in place, she said at a field demonstration Sept. 15 at the farm of Bryan and Lauren Biegler in Lake Wilson.

The Bieglers are one of 65 farm cooperators nationwide taking part in the Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, to discover and foster best management practices for soil health. The Bieglers use cover crops and practice reduced tillage — both of which help build healthy structure and content in the soil and keep it in place.

Bacteria, specifically of a type called actinomycetes, work together with plant roots to develop the aggregation — the clumpy structure of soil — that makes it an excellent medium for plant growth and helps keep soil particles in place. Reduced tillage helps microbes like actinomycetes flourish, which benefits the soil.

Several dozen farmers turned out on a rainy afternoon to hear deJong-Hughes and Nick Goeser, the soil scientist who directs Soil Health Partnership. The farmer audience members also fired questions at the Bieglers to get the benefit of their experiences. Farmers favor peer learning situations because they offer the practical, real-world-tested experience of other farmers.

Where soil structure has been damaged by tillage that is too aggressive for the soil type and landscape, farmers often find compacted soil, which can have an adverse affect on crop yields.

Goeser pointed out the pores that could be seen at the bottom of the soil pit, channels deep through the soil profile, created by plant roots. Corn roots can make it through compaction, but it takes energy that could otherwise be devoted to creating plant mass and grain yield above ground level. That’s where cover crops offer a real assist, he said. The channels created by plants like tillage radish during the off season are exploited by the corn and soybean plants, so they can turn more of their growing power into yield.

“How do you adjust tillage to get healthier soil?” one audience member asked.

DeJong-Hughes offered these rules of thumb: “Less aggressive. Less deep. Fewer passes. The less you can flip over the soil the better. With mold board plows, the farmer flips the soil completely. When they turn the soil again, the residue comes back to the top, almost

Bryan Biegler, the newest MCGA board member, recently hosted a soil health field day on his farm near Lake Wilson.

Bryan Biegler, the newest MCGA board member, recently hosted a soil health field day on his farm near Lake Wilson.

unchanged. That’s because the aggressive tillage took all your aerobic bacteria — your bacteria that needs oxygen that will help decompose things, and you flipped them down and put them in an area where they had no oxygen so that they weren’t there to decompose the residue.”

She pointed out that different crops don’t necessarily need the same tillage.

“I like rotational tillage, too,” said DeJong-Hughes. “When you go into beans, you don’t need the same tillage as when you go into corn. If you are corn-on-corn you need a little bit more. If you have less residue, you can do with less tillage. If you are on sandy soils, less tillage. If you are on a slope, less tillage. You can also adjust your chisel plow to be less aggressive, because chisel plows are actually pretty darn aggressive.”

She finds the style of tillage practiced by the Bieglers, strip till, to be the best of both worlds.

“You have full tillage in the middle where you are going to plant, and no till on the sides. You get the benefits (to soil structure) from the no-till and the benefits of warming the soil that tillage provides,” DeJong-Hughes said.

Bryan Biegler said strip tillage has been a big plus for him in the four years he has been using it, because it makes planting easier and it saves money.

“Time-wise, (strip till) can be a little extra time in the fall. It’s different management. But it makes springtime a lot easier,” he said. “I just basically go out and start planting. The cost savings have been huge. Running off Iowa State’s custom rates, doing strip till in the fall and one pass to plant in the spring, compared to chisel plowing, having the coop or whoever applying your fertilizer for you, and then making a pass with the field cultivator in the spring — the difference is close to $25 dollars an acre…with the way the farm prices are right now, any savings you can find are definitely helpful.”

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TC Road Crew brings the corn to Open Streets – Nicollet in Minneapolis

Maizey helping some kids find words in the corn word search...or maybe it's the kids helping Maizey locate the words...

Maizey helping some kids find words in the corn word search…or maybe it’s the kids helping Maizey locate the words…

Open Streets Minneapolis was back with a bang in 2016.

This community event is an expanded version of a block party, where the City of Minneapolis blocks off a number of blocks and encourages community members to come out and celebrate summer together. This year there is a total of eight events, and the Twin Cities Road Crew, sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, attended two.

On Sunday, Sept. 18 hundreds attended the Nicollet Ave. Open Streets event. Standing on 42nd St., Nicollet Ave. gave the appearance of the Minnesota State Fair on Labor Day. The street was flooded with community members of all ages, who came out to enjoy the day with one another. Some vendors sold food, while others offered kid-friendly activities.

The Minneapolis Police 5th Precinct was also there, spreading the fun. They had safety tips and activities for everyone. Cabo and Indie, members of the Mounted Police Force, also made an

An Open Streets photo-op with Maizey.

An Open Streets photo-op with Maizey.

appearance. No doubt they got to enjoy some delicious corn after their job was done.

As always, the TC Road Crew was a big hit!

The Road Crew facilitated corn toss, word finds, a trivia wheel, and much more. Maizey joined in on the fun sharing her awesome dance moves and crazy antics. Between helping with the word finds and dancing to today’s biggest hits, Maizey sure had a busy day! There were endless smiles and lots of giggling!

To see where the Twin Cities Road Crew will be next check out their Facebook page.

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Minnesota corn farmer testifies at pollinator and neonic hearing

Brian Thalmann

Brian Thalmann

A legislative hearing last week focused on Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on protecting pollinators, specifically a section of the order that requires farmers to prove that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” before they can make foliar applications of neonictinoids. MDA is also requesting regulatory authority of treated seeds.

Brian Thalmann, a fifth-generation farmer near Plato, Minn., and a director on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board, was the lone farmer to testify at the hearing.

“I wanted to share my perspective – how I use neonics on my farm, and how I ensure I’m as careful and conscientious as possible with my practices,” Thalmann said. “I understand pollinators play an important role for all of us, including those of us in agriculture.”

Some recent academic studies have identified neonics as one of many factors contributing to declines in bee populations. However, policy actions that result in reductions to one pest management tool could lead to increased use of other pesticides which may be more toxic to pollinators, animals, and people.

Thalmann provided insight to legislators at the hearing about the practices he uses on his farm, including his careful use of seeds treated with neonics. He said that seeds treated with insecticides are the best way to control insect damage to crops, especially today when most farmers work to protect soil health by not burying the residue left on their fields following harvest.

“I don’t want to go back to using other, more harmful products if it’s unclear whether or not this will cause pollinator health to improve,” Thalmann said. “Research is a huge component to understanding & improving pollinator health. That’s why MCGA supported farming-related pollinator research at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. We’ve also worked to communicate with farmers about ways to make their farms more pollinator-friendly.”

The entire hearing, including Thalmann’s testimony, can be viewed here.

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Coborn’s celebrates clean air with ethanol fuel savings

Coborn's and Little Dukes are offering discounts on E15 and other ethanol-blended fuels in September.

Coborn’s and Little Dukes are offering discounts on E15 and other ethanol-blended fuels in September.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Coborn’s wants the more than 80 percent of drivers out there who could be using E15 to know about the latest clean fuel choice.

The St. Cloud-based grocery chain will offer discounts on ethanol-blends at its fueling stations on a series of dates in late September — the more ethanol, the higher the discount: 15 cents per gallon off E15, 30 cents off E30 and 85 cents off E85.

Any vehicle built in 2001 or later is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to run on E15 (a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent regular unleaded). This means more than four out of five cars on the road today can operate on E15.

“I use E15 myself, off and on, and I don’t notice any difference in performance,” said Ryan Rothwell,” the convenience store division manager for Coborn’s, which has locations in the Dakotas and Wisconsin, as well as central Minnesota. “What I notice is the lower price. It’s easy on the budget. Because ethanol is more economical than gasoline, retailers like Coborn’s can pass the lower price on to the consumer.”

Across Minnesota, E15 costs 10 cents less per gallon than regular unleaded.

“We hope the special sale will get folks who don’t know about E15 to come in and try it. Once they see how well it drives, they’ll be hooked because it costs less than regular gasoline,” Rothwell said.

Coborn’s prides itself on being a company with a strong connection to small town Minnesota. Rothwell points out that local ethanol plants and the revenue they bring to farmers helps strengthen the economy across the state. Farmers involved with local county corn grower groups have volunteered to pump the ethanol-blended fuel at the Coborn’s promotions so they can hand out goody bags and answer questions about the benefits of biofuels.

Rothwell notes that ethanol blends are better for the environment, too. Another partner in the 11 promotional events is American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. ALAMN has promoted ethanol fuels for two decades because of ethanol’s ability to reduce particulate emissions that lead to cancer, asthma, and other respiratory diseases.

“We would really like to see E15 become the standard fuel because it saves the consumer money, it offers higher octane (88 as opposed to 87) and it’s better for the environment,” said Mitch Coulter, Marketing and Biofuels Director for Minnesota Corn Growers Association. He notes that Minnesota currently has 44 locations that sell E15, with a total of 135 flex-fuel pumps.

An $8 million dollar USDA Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership grant, combined with matches from local organizations including the Corn Growers, could add 165 stations and 620 flex-fuel pumps to Minnesota by 2017.

Calendar of Coborn’s ethanol fuel discount promotions:
Monday, September 19:  Hastings (4-6pm)

Tuesday, September 20:  Glencoe (11am-1pm) – Willmar (4-6pm)

Wednesday, September 21:  Long Prairie (11am-1pm) – St. Cloud (4-6pm)

Thursday, September 22:  West Fargo (11am-1pm)

Friday, September 23:  Princeton (4-6pm)

Tuesday, September 27:  Ramsey (4-6pm)

Wednesday, September 28:  Pipestone (4-6pm)

Thursday, September 29:  New Prague (11am-1pm) – Belle Plaine (4-6pm)

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‘Pink Out’ raises funds for cancer relief organization, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Locally owned, independent Minnoco Fueling stations are promoting Unleaded Plus —  a blend of 15 percent ethanol also known as E15 — while raising funds for a local cancer relief organization. These independent business owners consider it a perfect fit because ethanol displaces cancer-causing components of gasoline like benzene.

“We’re local and Hope Chest is a local organization, so these funds from our ‘Pink Out’ promotion are helping our friends and neighbors,” said Lance Klatt, executive director of Minnoco and Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association. “Hope Chest helps people being treated for cancer and cancer survivors take care of bills and helps to make sure their needs are being met—it’s a great organization.”

All 22 Minnoco stations are participating in the ‘Pink Out’ campaign.  Twenty of the Minnoco fueling stations boast blender pumps and offer Unleaded Plus, the 15 percent ethanol blend. Minnoco dealers will contribute 2 cents per gallon from each gallon of Unleaded Plus/E15 sold to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

‘Pink Out’ starts Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 31.

In part, the promotion is timed to celebrate the ability from mid-September through the end of May to offer Unleaeded Plus/ E15 to drivers of all vehicles manufactured in 2001 or later. The ethanol industry is lobbying for a rule change that will allow Unleaded Plus/ E15 sales to all vehicles year round. Gov. Mark Dayton  joined six other Midwestern governors earlier this week in urging EPA to eliminate regulatory hurdles for E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends.

But in the meantime, Minnoco and other retailers that sell Unleaded Plus/ E15 want as many drivers as possible to sample the newest choice at the fuel pump.

Minnoco markets E15 as Unleaded Plus, which constitutes as much as 60 percent of fuel sales volumes at these stations, reflecting great customer satisfaction with the product, according to Klatt.

“We think once they try it they’ll like it,” Klatt said. “We offer Unleaded Plus /E15 typically at a three to ten cent per gallon savings, compared to regular unleaded gasoline, which is 10 percent ethanol.  In addition to getting 5 percent more ethanol, with the improved clean air characteristics that provides, the driver also gets an octane boost from 87 up to 88 octane. Unleaded Plus/ E15 is a midgrade fuel, sold at a discount to regular gasoline. It’s a win-win.”

Minnoco is a brand that allows the independent station owner to offer the driving public all the fueling choices they want. Just as fueling at Minnoco supports the local economy, choosing ethanol, the ‘locally-grown’ fuel, supports Minnesota’s farm economy.

“We’re independent owners, we can do what we want, offer the ethanol blends the driver is asking for. It’s the local consumers who really benefit — our fuels just make more cents!” Klatt said.

Read more about E15 here.

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Shakopee station owner thrives by offering drivers more ethanol choices

Joel Hennen's Minnoco fueling and service station in Shakopee offers consumers real choice at the pump, including E15.

Joel Hennen’s Minnoco fueling and service station in Shakopee offers consumers real choice at the pump, including E15.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Hennen family has owned a service station in Shakopee since 1958, when Joel Hennen’s grandfather opened their first store. A crew of men in white uniforms and billed caps hopped out to the car the instant it pulled into the station, ready to ‘fill ‘er up.’

Joel still likes to help his customers fuel up, but now it gives him an opportunity to talk about the benefits of driving with ethanol fuel — benefits both for their car and their pocketbook.

Change has been the one constant in the fuel business over the past 60 years, and keeping up with the changes has kept Joel in the service station business. Four years ago he severed his ties with a major oil company, and became an independent station owner under the Minnoco brand. The change allowed him to offer E15, E30 and E85 — all fuels with higher blends of ethanol made from corn grown right here in Minnesota — from a single dispenser, known as a flex-fuel pump

Hennen believes that offering his customers the choices they want is what keeps him in business. In addition to these mid- and high-blends of ethanol, he offers regular, midgrade and premium unleaded fuels, non-oxy gasoline (zero ethanol), as well and on-road and off-road diesel blends — a total of nine fueling choices from his four dispensers.

Seeing an option that’s higher octane, yet 10 cents less per gallon than regular gasoline, E15 quickly became a very popular fuel, and it often represents more than 20 percent of the volume of fuel he sells despite having all those other choices.

“Four years ago, I was that guy who thought ethanol was bad, because of all the falsehoods you read,” Joel said. “But I started educating myself, and I became a true believer. All my experiences in the past three years confirm that ethanol is a high quality fuel that I have no qualm about recommending to my customers.”

He notes that as of the middle of this year, American drivers had logged 155 million miles on E15 with out a single reported problem. Likewise, in his own shop, he has not had a single service customer approach him with any mechanical problem caused by E15. Hennen believes that the Minnoco brand stores are uniquely placed to help the driving public learn the truth about E15 and ethanol fuels. Of the 22 current stores, mostly in the Twin Cities metro area, 11 locations are also service stations, with 15 more sites planned for the near future.

“I tell my customers to use E15 because it is a higher octane, cleaner burning fuel that will save them money at the pump,” says Hennen. “I’m their mechanic, so when I recommend E15, they know it’s a fuel they can trust.”

Pink Out E15 events
From Sept. 16 — Oct. 31, Minnoco will donate 2 cents of every gallon of Unleaded Plus/E15 sold to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. To find a Minnoco location near you, go to www.minnoco.com.

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Homegrown E15 fuel catching on with consumers

Flex-fuel pumps offer drivers real choices when it's time to fill up.

Flex-fuel pumps offer drivers real choices when it’s time to fill up.

Fall in Minnesota means the leaves changing color, farmers harvesting their fields, comfortable weather and kids going back to school. It also means the return of E15 fuel – a cleaner-burning blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles 2001 and newer.

The benefits of using E15 include:

  • Cleaner air. According to a recent study by the Energy Resources Center, if just seven states switched to using E15 exclusively, it would remove 3.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of taking about 700,000 cars off the road.
  • Savings at the pump. E15 typically costs 5-10 cents less per gallon than regular unleaded.
  • Better engine performance. E15 is an 88 octane fuel providing more vehicle horsepower than regular unleaded
  • It’s homegrown and local. By using a fuel with a higher ethanol blend, consumers are supporting a product grown and produced right here in Minnesota’s rural communities.

“As more drivers discover and begin using E15, demand continues to grow,” said Chad Willis, a farmer in Willmar who chairs the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC). “Fuel station owners report that once customers try E15, they become customers for life. The environmental and economic benefits are very appealing.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, as of July 31, 2016, almost 3 million gallons of E15 were sold in Minnesota — nearly matching the total number of gallons sold in all of 2015.

Bringing E15 to Minnesota
A broad coalition of partners that included the Minnesota Corn Grower Association (MCGA) brought E15 to Minnesota in 2013. Since then, the coalition has supported the installation of 135 flex-fuel pumps at fueling stations like Minnoco, Holiday and Coborn’s throughout the state.

The flex-fuel pumps dispense a variety of fuels, giving consumers a choice among regular unleaded, E15, E30 (30 percent ethanol for use in flex-fuel vehicles) and E85 (85 percent ethanol for use in flex-fuel vehicles).

By 2017, MCGA expects to have supported the installation of over 600 flex-fuel pumps throughout the state.

“We know consumers want real choices at the pump and investing in E15 through flex-fuel pumps was the logical step to meet consumer demand and further strengthen the market for a renewable, home-grown fuel, a valuable market for our corn crop.” Willis said.

 Fighting regulatory burdens
When drivers fuel up with E15 during the summer months, they’re greeted by an ominous sticker on the pump that declares the fuel “for flex-fuel vehicles only.” Even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved E15 for use in all vehicles model year 2001 or newer, the agency restricts its sales to flex-fuel vehicles from June 1 – Sept. 15 due to Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations. RVP measures how quickly fuel evaporates and is regulated to control the amount of ozone precursors that form in the summertime.

Regular unleaded fuel, which contains 10 percent ethanol, has a RVP waiver that allows it to be sold year-round. Even though E15 has a lower (less harmful) RVP than regular unleaded fuel, it has not been granted the same waiver.

“It’s an unnecessary regulatory hurdle,” said Noah Hultgren, MCGA President and a farmer in Raymond, Minn. “All it does is limit fuel choice for the consumer and prevent them from saving money at the pump.”

This illogical RVP regulation often makes retailers reluctant to offer E15.  Legislative efforts have been ongoing to help remove barriers for retailers to offer E15 year-round to consumers.

Gov. Mark Dayton also joined six other Midwestern governors today in urging EPA to eliminate the RVP hurdle to E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends.

In a letter to EPA, Dayton and other Midwestern governors note that they “share common goals of eliminating unnecessary regulatory barriers, strengthening the free market, and expanding consumer choice by increasing access to E15 and higher ethanol blends.”

 A grassroots effort
While the RVP restrictions are a genuine obstacle, it’s not stopping MCGA from continuing its work to grow the use of E15. With the RVP restrictions ending on Sept. 15, MCGA and its retailer partners are making a push to get even more drivers to try E15.

Minnoco retailers will be running an E15 Hope Chest Breast Cancer pink out promotion from (Sept. 16-Oct.31). Coborn’s and Little Duke’s will run E15 promotions at 11 locations from Sept. 19-29. The events entice consumers to try a tank of E15 at discounted prices. Station owners and Minnesota’s corn farmers gain an opportunity to talk about the fuel directly with consumers.

“We’re at the pumps, filling people’s tanks and answering their questions about ethanol,” said Dan Erickson, a farmer in Alden, Minn., who serves as a regional representative for MCGA. “You’d be surprised at some of the questions we receive. But if we’re not there to answer those questions, the driver might not be willing to give E15 or a higher ethanol-blended fuel a try. It’s a very grassroots way to market.”

More details on the promotions can be found at www.mncorn.org. For more information on ethanol fuels and where to find flex-fuel pumps, go to www.mnfuels.com.

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Celebrating food and farming at UMN

 By Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

Ag & Food Day 2016The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and many others came together for the 4th Annual Celebrate Ag & Food Day. The festivities took place just outside TCF Bank Stadium prior to the Gopher football game this past weekend.

Football (and food) fans were treated to a free tailgate party where they had the opportunity to try some sweet corn ice cream, sponsored by MCGA and made by the UMN Dairy Lab.

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Celebrate Ag & Food Day is just one more great way to connect with consumers and Minnesota agriculture was well-represented! #GoGophers

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Fields of Fun: UMN to host Celebrate Ag & Food Day on September 10

By Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke

UMN Celebrate Ag & Food DayFood, farmers, and football. What more could a UMN fan ask for?

The University of Minnesota is holding Celebrate Ag & Food Day once again this Saturday, September 10  before the 11 am kickoff of Gopher football. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has invited several student and agriculture groups to share their stories of agriculture, food, and fiber to the thousands of Gopher football fans who will flood campus on Saturday.

We know that it is important to share our stories and traditions, but Celebrate Ag & Food Day provides consumers an opportunity to get their questions answered, straight from the source. The day is dedicated to thanking those hard-working people throughout Minnesota and more who provide us with food on the table.

Did you miss the sweet corn ice-cream at Farmfest? You’re in luck because MCGA is sponsoring FREE sweet corn ice cream for those who visit the tailgate area outside of Mariucci Arena. Maizey may even be stopping by to cheer on the Gophers to a victory.

For a complete list of “Celebrate Ag & Food Day” participants and events, check out this website and the “Celebrate Ag & Food Day” Facebook page.

Who’s ready for some good ‘ol food and football?

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