Brazil is one of Minnesota’s major ethanol competitors, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty came away from a visit there saying the two also could cooperate. At least, they could work together on defining ethanol and other such fundamental issues, the governor said as he is wrapping up a weeklong South American trade mission with about 40 other Minnesotans.
Minnesota farmers are donating $115,000 worth of pork and cheese to food shelves around the state, taking the money out of funds that generally promote agriculture sales. In a time when pork and dairy industries are hurting as bad as they ever have, some said the largely symbolic effort could be a turning point.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system says today it surveyed its 73 farm business management instructors from July 14 to 29. It found that 40 percent of the farmers enrolled in the program expected to lose money this year, and projections suggest many farmers be forced out of business in 2010.
Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson says raising the national cap on the amount of ethanol that can be mixed with gasoline would create thousands of jobs in Minnesota and help the state reach its own goals for ethanol use.
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