Corn Views: Machinery Repair Tax Hurts Farmers, Rural Minnesota

Tom HaagBy Tom Haag, Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

During a news conference on July 8, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton said dumping the new tax on farm machinery repair would be his first priority, if the economy allows.

Minnesota’s corn farmers thank the Governor for recognizing the impact of this tax and hope this will top his agenda when the legislature reconvenes in February. Actually, the gratitude would extend beyond just farmers.

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Everything you Need to Know about MCGA at Farmfest 2013

The farm bill, renewable energy and a new tax on machinery repair were three topics that generated buzz at Farmfest 2013, which started on Tuesday and wrapped up on Thursday this week in Morgan.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was once again well represented at the event. Corn farmers, MCGA partners and MCGA staff conducted 41 interviews with a variety of media outlets over the three-day event. Topics ranged from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and surging ethanol sales to farmer-led water quality initiatives and research projects.

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Update on the Farm Bill as MCGA Heads to Farmfest

Minnesota Corn Growers Association staff is heading to Farmfest Monday morning. Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz are scheduled to appear, and will likely provide an update on the chances of a new farm bill passing by Sept. 30, when the current legislation expires.

We will do our best to update MinnesotaCORNerstone.com while at Farmfest with the latest from Minnesota’s largest annual farm show. Meantime, here are some recent news stories about the status of the new farm bill and its chances of passing when Congress reconvenes in late this summer.

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Corn Update and Corn Matters: Surging E85 Sales and Farmfest Preview

This week’s Corn Matters interview on the Red River Farm Network covers the rising sales of E85 in Minnesota this summer with Bob Moffitt from the American Lung Association of Minnesota’s Clean Air Choice Team.

On Corn Update on the Linder Farm Network, Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag previews what MCGA will have at this year’s Farmfest, set for Aug.

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High Gas Prices Driving More Minnesotans to Choose E85 This Summer

As Minnesotans deal with another summer of high gas prices, E85 has become more and more popular.

According to Bob Moffitt from the American Lung Association of Minnesota’s Clean Air Choice team, E85 sales were up 28 percent in Minnesota during June of this year compared to June of 2012.

One reason for the increased interest in E85 – a fuel blend of up to 85 percent ethanol and gasoline – is price.

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