"Uniting" a Major Theme at 2013 Minnesota Agriculture Leadership Conference

As the number of people in farm circles gets smaller, it’s more important than ever before for agriculture groups to become more united in their efforts to shape sensible farm policy and fend off attacks on issues like biotechnology, ethanol and the environment.

“Uniting” was a major theme of the 2013 Minnesota Agriculture Leadership Conference earlier this week in Brainerd. More than 160 farmers, policy makers, business leaders and elected officials addressed issues related to agriculture,

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RMA Administrator Talks Crop Insurance at Minnesota Ag Leadership Conference

What if farmers didn’t have the option to purchase crop insurance and instead had to wait for congress to pass an ad-hoc disaster bill if a weather-related event led to significant crop loss? Would the same congress that can’t pass a farm bill and sent us over the fiscal cliff act quickly enough — or at all — to assist farmers?

Thankfully, farmers are able to invest in their own protection and overcome weather events such as last year’s drought in the Midwest or this year’s wet Minnesota spring.

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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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