Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) directors will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with fellow corn farmer leaders from other states during National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Congress. During the meeting, corn farmer leaders will gather to debate grassroots resolutions that will determine federal positions on policy impacting corn famers.
Minnesota Corn directors will also spend time on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, agriculture committee leadership, and key agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to advocate directly on policy priorities for Minnesota corn farmers.
There is no shortage of important policy topics to discuss with elected and administration officials. Trade is a top priority, and the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be a point of emphasis in each visit. Mexico and Canada are the U.S. corn industry’s largest, most reliable markets, and congressional approval of USMCA is a major focus for MCGA.
In addition to USMCA ratification, farmer leaders will continue to emphasize the important role trade plays in farm income and markets for corn and corn products, such as ethanol and dried distillers grains. Securing a trade agreement with China and other important trade opportunities for Minnesota corn farmers will be a topic of conversation during the visits.
In light of last week’s proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), another important policy priority to discuss with policymakers is ethanol. Here again, there is no shortage of topics to cover, including the impact of small refinery waivers on the ethanol industry and corn farmers.
Farm bill implementation for commodity and conservation programs will be covered, along with reinforcing support for crop insurance, especially due to this year’s weather challenges.
July Corn Congress is an important time for Minnesota corn leaders. Given the current challenges in agriculture, it’s a critical time to strongly advocate for policies that will help corn farmers and benefit agriculture.