Wrapping up my internship

(Mariah Larson (right) with MCGA Senior Policy Director Amanda Bilek during Corn Congress in Washington D.C.)

By Mariah Larson

After spending 12 months here with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), I am wrapping up my internship and reflecting on everything a year entailed.

As MCGA’s intern I’ve been involved with our office operations, annual events and communication projects. This covers everything from social media and public outreach,

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Seed stewardship during planting

While we wondered if it would ever come, planting season is almost here for much of Minnesota. In advance of farmers hitting the field, farmers are reminded of the importance of good seed stewardship.

Today’s seed treatments help farmers protect their crops from insects and disease, allowing for healthier crops and greater yields while limiting potential environmental impacts.

Like farming, there’s a science to using treated seed and it’s important for farmers to properly steward treated seeds.

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MDA releases proposed Groundwater Protection Rule

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) released the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule – previously referred to as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule – this morning. The proposed rule, the statement of need and reasonableness, appendixes for the statement of need and reasonableness and the notice of public hearings in July are all listed on the MDA website, which can be viewed here.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders will be carefully reviewing the more than 400 pages of documents over the coming days.

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2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Important bills move to the floor

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association senior public policy director

It was a flurry of activity this week in St. Paul as legislators put in long hours to assemble supplemental finance bills for committees with jurisdiction over different parts of the state budget.

The finance bills being put forward by different committees also contain various changes to existing law and new policy proposals. Since the Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton finalized a two-year state budget during the 2017 legislative session,

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Buffers in eastern MN

Gov. Dayton states support for tax relief for ag land converted to buffers

Governor Mark Dayton announced his support today for a bill that was a top priority for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) during the 2018 legislative session. The bipartisan legislation would provide farmers with a $50 per acre tax credit for farmland no longer in production due to the Minnesota Buffer Law, eliminating the financial penalty of continuing to impose property taxes at the highest rates on farm land that is converted to buffers.

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