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Corn growers stop in Fergus with biofuel education trailer

Published 11:24am Monday, July 22, 2013

It grows tall around the county every year, and it just might be the fuel of the future for our cars and trucks.

Race fans learned about the many uses of corn at the I-94 Speedway Friday night. Parked near the grandstand was the 45-foot long Biofuels Mobile Education Center presented by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Race fans also received free admission to the speedway’s Jam the Stands night provided by the MCGA.

“Really, we’re out to talk about all the things people don’t realize are made from a bushel of corn,” said Mike Finarty, an educator with the mobile center. “Instead of seeing a billboard, I talk to people and answer questions. We bring the education to people.”

The mobile education center offers a hands-on educational experience on the uses of ethanol and other biofuels. The long exhibit features an assortment of fun touch-screen computers, educational displays, movies much more. Educators were also available to answer questions about ethanol, including E15 and E85 fuels.

Finarty said one of the main objectives for the educators is to correct misnomers about the use of corn in foods and fuel. In an area like Otter Tail County that is so dependent on an agriculture, getting information the public is vital.

“One of the last things people talk about is that if farmers grow corn, then farmers grow jobs,” Finarty said.

The mobile center will continue to travel with the Jam the Stands circuit, making stops in other area communities, including Willmar, Montevideo, Alexandria and Sauk Rapids.

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