Legislative Update: Section 179, Buffer Tax Credit and more hit home stretch

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

It sounds like planters are finally starting to roll in most areas of Minnesota. While you are busy in the field, lawmakers are busy in St. Paul trying to finalize a long to-do list during the last two weeks of session.

Taxes

Last week the Senate worked on their tax bill by giving an overview in the taxes committee,

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At Farmers Fair, farmers share conservation know-how

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) teams up with Sauk River Watershed District each spring to organize the Stearns County Farmers Fair, where they bring farmers the latest information about conservation.

What has made the fair successful in its first two years is the farmers themselves give the presentations about the conservation practices they have implemented, the methods they use—what works and what hasn’t worked.

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2018 farm bill off to a rocky, but not unprecedented start

It is expected the U.S. House of Representatives will soon approve its version of the 2018 farm bill, cuing up Senate Committee consideration the last week before the Memorial Day recess and full U.S. Senate action in June.

Of course, the best laid plans can (and do) go awry.

The House is moving a farm bill that largely reflects current law, with some improvements to Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC),

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MnDOT recruits farmers for Standing Corn Rows program

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has begun its annual recruiting for the Standing Corn Rows program, which encourages farmers to leave standing corn rows along highways during harvest to prevent blowing snow the following winter.

Participating farmers not only improve road safety, but also receive compensation for their efforts. Average payment to the landowner is about $1,000 per acre for a winter season of blowing snow control protection.

Farmers who are interested in enrolling in the program first need to check if their site is eligible by contacting a local coordinator (More information here).

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MCGA Leadership: Stop spreading myths about the Groundwater Protection Rule

Last week, the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule was finally released for farmers to review and comment. While the rule has only recently been the focus of disdain from some in Minnesota agriculture, it has been in the making for nearly 30 years with significant input from agricultural organizations along the way.

Suffice to say, the Groundwater Protection Rule is not going away.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has been involved with the development of the rule,

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