Minnesota Corn Growers Association achieves membership milestone

MNcorn_PMSThe Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is now 6,935 members strong, surpassing a membership milestone a full six months ahead of schedule.

Back in December of 2011, MCGA farmer-leaders set a goal of reaching 6,900 members by 2015. By June 13 of this year, that goal was achieved.

“MCGA has always been one of the strongest grassroots voices for corn farmers in the country and now we’re even stronger,” said MCGA President Ryan Buck.

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What corn farmers should know about flooded fields


Heavy rains soaked much of Minnesota this weekend and left parts of many corn fields under water.

“It doesn’t sound like there are too many whole fields flooded, but there’s definitely flooded out low spots and saturated fields,” said Dave Nocolai, a University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator.

Southwest Minnesota up into the Willmar area appears to have been hit the hardest. However areas of Northwestern and East Central Minnesota which already had wet soil and planting conditions received additional precipitation.

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Taxes: Farmers invited to learn more about tax changes through webinar

UPDATE: Here is a video of the presentation and webinar:

Do you have questions about recent tax changes impacting farmers from the 2014 legislative session?

Then you’ll want to participate in a webinar hosted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue for farmers and agricultural groups to learn more about these tax changes, go over the new supplemental agricultural credit and answer questions about implementation.

Here are details:

When: Thursday,

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MCGA Radio: Tom Sell talks farm bill implementation

On this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association radio, Tom Sell from Combest, Sell & Associates covers what corn farmers should know about implementation of the 2014 farm bill.

The sign-up period for the farm bill’s crop insurance programs is expected to begin late fall and could carry into early spring.

“One of the real hallmarks of this farm bill is that there are a lot of choices,” Sell said.

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Don't play political games with crucial farm policy

Congress has started debating a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill, which funds important food safety, farm services, animal health and nutrition programs. Unfortunately, some lawmakers are already trying to undo important parts of the farm bill, a piece of legislation that took four years to pass and hasn’t even been fully implemented yet.

Farmers’ crops are in the ground, and planting decisions were based on what they understood to be the rules of a the new five-year farm bill.

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