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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Local Tyler Tribute - Page 7 One of the most frustrat- ing criticisms corn farm- ers face is the contention that we should be growing corn strictly for food, not ethanol fuel. Our critics frame the de- bate as food vs. fuel, and completely disregard the facts when unfairly blam- ing ethanol for taking food off people's plates and raising food prices. Yes, food prices have in- creased, about $1 per fam- ily member for a family of four compared to the aver- age consumer price index since 2005. But as a World Bank study showed, those increases are because of the cost of oil, not using corn to make ethanol. In reality, the presence of ethanol in our gasoline is saving that same family of four about $863 annually at the pump, according to the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. Given these facts, it makes me wonder why the food vs. fuel debate still has any credibility. Classifying food vs. fuel as a debate gives it more credit than it deserves. It's actually a myth manufac- tured by the oil industry and trumpeted by anti- ethanol zealots, some of whom want to return to the days of $1.50 corn out of pure selfishness. Corn farmers are pro- jected to harvest a record crop totaling more than 14 billion bushels this fall. That's more than enough corn to provide food, feed, Corn Views By Ryan Buck, president MN Corn Growers Assoc. fiber and fuel, with some left over. Despite what the food vs. fuel naysayers will tell you, we've been growing enough corn to feed people and fuel our vehicles for a while now. And we're not taking food off someone's plate to do it. For every bushel of corn used to make ethanol, we get 2.8 gallons of fuel and 18 pounds of dried distill- ers grains, a high-protein livestock feed. Today, corn is marketing for less than $4 per bushel, the lowest it's been since the Renewable Fuel Stan- dard-legislation that sets targets for the amount of ethanol blended in our gasoline--was passed in its current form in 2007. Most Minnesota corn farmers are just hoping to break even this year. Have you noticed food prices de- creasing? I haven't, either. There are many factors beyond corn prices that influence what you pay for food (and ethanol isn't one of them.) A new report released last week from the Renewable Fuels As- sociation found that even though corn prices have plunged 50 percent since thefr peak fn 200g, food prices have stayed the same or gone up. Farmers only get about 16 cents for every $1 con- sumers spend on food. Like any good business, corn farmers looked for new uses and ways to add value to their product. We understood that livestock feed was and always will be our most important market, but we also knew there were other value- added opportunities for corn. It was important that we capitalized on them. Because consumers were looking for home- grown, less expensive and cleaner burning options at the pump, we seized the ethanol opportunity. That foresight has helped corn farmers better withstand downturns in corn prices like what we're experienc- ing this year. My term as president of the Minnesota Corn Grow- ers Association ends in less than a month. If there's a lasting message I hope to leave people, it's this-- Don't underestimate Min- nesota's corn farmers. Despite what the doubt- ers say, we grow more than enough corn for food and fuel. Often, we perse- vere through challenging weather conditions and other obstacles to do it. The result is food for a growing world population, a homegrown, cleaner- burning fuel for our ve- hicles and savings at the pump for consumers. The South Dakota State University Department of Music presents trumpeter David Reynolds in a fac- ulty recital on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Music Hall. Reynolds has named this recital "Old Wine, New Bottles;' paraphrasing the Biblical parable. All music on the program has roots in historical melodies, forms, poetry and physical objects, but they have been adapted to new mediums. Works to be performed include a new sonata by the American composer John Prescott, a transcrip- tion of a concerto by Belli- ni and a work for trumpet, electronics and video by composer Richard John- son, among others. Reyn- olds will also perform a new work from the pen of Columbus, Ga.-based com- poser Liliya Ugay titled "Hemiola Speech for trum- pet, metronome and piano sustain pedal." SDSU professors Laura Diddle, Robert McCurdy and John Walker will .join Reynolds on various selec- tions. The SDSU Trumpet Choir will also perform. The program is open to the public and free of charge. For more infor- mation on this recital and other upcoming events, contact the SDSU Depart- ment of Music at 605-688- 5187. Rochelle Borresen, Corinne Renken, Nancy Stuefen, Chelsy Tutt, |ulie Gemeinhardt, and |oleen Gifford work in Medical Records at Tyler Healthcare Center. The Medical Records Department organizes and manages health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize on for insurance reimbursement purpo., and to maintain p Submitted photo Chad Lewis, right, is pictured autographing a book at the Tyler Library pro- gram, Haunted Places of Minnesota. Sunrise Manor continued from page 3 On the Farm Jingo. We gave the ladies manicures later in the afternoon. In the evening we played Bingo. Shantel and Brean- na Pattison were our help- ers. Today was Hot Dog's birthday--1884. We were surprised they have been around that long. Wednesday morning we had Catholic Commu- nion and exercised. Since it is apple month we made apple cinnamon bread in our baking group. We read some more chapters in Book Club. In the evening we played Pizza Bingo. We celebrated Hank and Lavon Bouman's 71st an- niversary today. Thursday morning Winds of the Prairie Church led our devotions and offered Commu- nion. In the afternoon we bowled. Naomi Johnson and Leon Thooft were our winners. We read the area newspapers and, in the evening, played Bingo. Marjo Gruhot helped with Bingo. Visitors who signed the guest book this week were: Gail Newell visited Ruth Hansen; Helen Dorn, Jeanne Anderson, Evelyn Runia, Robert and Mar- ian Runia visited Jean and Gerald Runia; Betty Stens- gaard visited Carolyn Hol- ck and Clifford Kittelson; Sophia DeVos visited sev- eral residents. Smile--I pray that I may live to fish until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then must humbly pray, When in my Lord's great landing net I'm peacefully asleep, that in His mercy I be judged big enough to keep. Have a great week from our home to yours! ~!iiii~iii!!'i? 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