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Grower-Leaders Featured in News Articles

Over the past couple of weeks, several Minnesota Corn grower-leaders were featured prominently in news articles.

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council member Jim O’Connor, who farms in Blooming Prairie, was featured in a Star Tribune article entitled “Minnesota rains mean ‘some real agony’ as farmers lose crops.” Written by agriculture reporter Chris Vondracek, the article noted how the torrential rainfall of mid-June was affecting Minnesota’s agriculture industry.

O’Connor told Vondracek that farmers are looking at some “real agony” with all the lost acres, and he emphasized that the federal program will “make bearable thinking of next year.”

Meanwhile, Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Dana Allen-Tully, who farms in Eyota, was featured in a Rochester Post-Bulletin article entitled “Minnesota Pollution Control Agency addresses nitrates with proposed feedlot regulations.” The article covered proposed changes to the permits that regulate the construction and operation of feedlots with at least 1,000 animal units.

Allen-Tully told News Editor Brian Todd that corn farmers will let the feedlot operators and their organizations take the lead on making suggestions on the new rules during the current 45-day review period that runs through Aug. 9.

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