Legislative Update: Omnibus bills with ag implications reach committees

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

The 10 major omnibus spending bills, including a tax bill, have each been passed off the floor of the House or the Senate and conference committees have been appointed to work out the differences between the House and Senate positions. Additionally, House and Senate legislative leadership and Governor Walz have been meeting to reach agreement on joint spending targets for the major omnibus spending bills and the tax bill.

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Station events to offer discounts and raise awareness of ethanol-blended fuels

Drivers in Twin Cities suburbs and Greater Minnesota will have the opportunity to enjoy discounts on E85 and E15 while learning about ethanol-blended fuels at fuel promotion events this spring and summer.

Building on successful events that reached hundreds of Twin Cities residents last fall, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association will again partner with the American Lung Association and Twin Cities Road Crew to raise awareness of ethanol-blended fuels with Minnesota drivers.

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Help share resources during Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month takes place each May to raise awareness of the importance of caring for one’s mental health, and the resources available to do so. As on-farm stress continues to increase with members of Minnesota’s ag sector, it is an opportunity to share the resources available to farmers in our state.

 The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is focusing on a different mental health topic each week in May.

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Legislative Update: Final debates around ag policy begin to take shape

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

Last week the Minnesota Legislature reconvened in St. Paul following an Easter/Passover break and was busy in long floor sessions debating, amending and passing omnibus budget bills for various agencies and state government functions.

The House and Senate will finish passing major budget bills and have committed to appointing conference committees by May 1. At the beginning of session,

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MCGA, corn farmers submit comments calling for year-round E15 sales

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule allowing year-round sales of E15. The rule would finally remove an outdated barrier requiring retailers to stop selling E15 during the summer months.

MCGA comments stressed the importance of treating E15 the same as standard 10-percent ethanol blends by no longer interrupting sales between June and September. The rule would finally give consumers access to another option at the pump during the busy summer travel season,

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