What farmers can expect in a 2018 farm bill

By Jeff Harrison, Combest Sell & Associates

The 2018 farm bill conference report had been slated for consideration and final passage by the House Wednesday—exactly 28 years and 1 week from the date on which then President George H.W. Bush signed the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act into law.

However, Congress has primarily suspended legislative activity this week—with Wednesday as an official day of mourning—as the nation pays respects to the 41st President of the United States whose hand enacted the 1990 farm bill.

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Meet Nicole Frank, MCGA’s new District Field Manager

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole (Krumrie) Frank and I am excited to be back with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), serving as the District Field Manager for District 2. Some might recognize me, as I served as an intern with MCGA from 2016-2017. During my time as an intern, I was able to learn about the organization, advocate for Minnesota’s corn farmers, and meet many of our farmer members at various events and tradeshows.

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Al-Corn Clean Fuel

2019 renewable fuel volumes set, but waivers bring concern

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule today that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Total renewable fuel volume as part of the 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) is 19.92 billion gallons, which is a slight increase compared to 2018 volumes (19.29 billion gallons).

The EPA ordered refiners to use 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuels, most frequently ethanol, which is flat compared to 2018. Advanced and cellulosic biofuels,

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Now is a good time to replenish propane supply

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A recent downward price trend in the commodity propane market presents an opportunity for farmers who are currently drying grain.

“Residential heating and agricultural end users, and also the providers that retail to them, will want to make sure to replenish your supply now,” said Dennis St. Aubin, director of sales, marketing and energy equipment for CHS, Inc. “Demand tends to lull around the holiday here.

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Registration is open for MN Ag EXPO

One of the largest and best agricultural shows in Minnesota, MN Ag EXPO returns to Mankato Jan. 23-24. Hosted jointly by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, EXPO 2019 will feature an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers.

Minnesota corn and soybean farmers interested in attending are encouraged to register today at MNAgEXPO.com to avoid long lines at the door.

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