If you were too busy opening presents or ringing in the new year over the last week to keep up with the latest news from the world of corn farming and agriculture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is what you missed, and a few things you should look forward to:
- In an op-ed published in newspapers throughout Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “the equivalent of a football coach benching the quarterback midway through a winning season.” The senator’s analogy is spot on. The RFS is working, why change it? When you’re done reading Sen. Klobuchar’s entire piece, be sure to make your voice heard and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS.
- The Associated Press (AP) did a thoughtful story on farmers attempting to better engage with consumers on food issues and farming practices. It’s an excellent story that both farmers and non-farmers can learn something from. We were very critical of the AP a few months back when it published a story bashing ethanol and farming practices using anti-agriculture talking points and long dispelled myths. Kudos to the AP for taking a deeper and more engaging look at farming in its latest story.
- Speaking of the AP, its political editor accepted a position with BP not long after the ethanol attack piece was published. Hmmmmm……..
- Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Ryan Buck visited with the Star Tribune for a Q&A in its Sunday business section. President Buck talks corn prices, battling the weather and farmland prices. Check it out.
- The Marshall Independent took a look at high farmland rental prices and the falling price of corn.
- MN Ag EXPO is right around the corner! Online registration is closed, but you can still register (it’s free!) on site at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Jan. 8 or 9. MN Ag EXPO has something for every corn and soybean farmer: Policy discussions, a large trade show, networking opportunities, entertainment — if it’s important to farming in Minnesota it will be covered at MN Ag EXPO 2014.