2017 Minnesota Session

Early legislative action is favorable for farmers

Written by John Himle

In late December I remarked in this space how the 2016 election would be one for the history books. If the first few weeks of 2017 under the capitol dome are any indication, then this legislative session may likewise become one for future study.

Before the opening gavel and through the first few weeks of the session, both the Governor and Legislative leaders voiced strong opinions about the health insurance crisis looming in the state’s individual marketplace,

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Golf Cart

Don’t miss out on these great MN Ag EXPO auction items!

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

MN Ag EXPO 2017 is set for Wednesday and Thursday of next week at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) silent fundraising auction will be held from noon-4 p.m. and will be followed immediately by the live auction from 4-5:30 p.m., both on Wednesday. More than one hundred items, ranging from the practical to the one-of-a-kind, can come home with you if you place the winning bid.

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Buffers in eastern MN

Buffer alternatives: Finding the right conservation ‘fit’ for each farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota’s buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While Minnesota farmers agree with the intended outcomes of the buffer law, many are concerned that what is proscribed in the legislation will not achieve the intended results.

That’s why the law was also written to give farmers and landowners ‘alternatives’ in cases where the vegetative buffer won’t work or where there might be an even better way to achieve the same water quality benefit.

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Minnesota Harvest

Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill Tour

On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.

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Al-Corn Clean Fuel

Claremont ethanol plant expanding to 120 million gallon per year capacity

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In another sign that the renewable fuels industry in Minnesota is as strong as ever, Al-Corn Clean Fuel has broken ground on an expansion that will take it from its current capacity of 50 million gallons a year, up to 120 million gallons per year.

“We have been planning this for quite a while. It’s very exciting seeing all the earth moving equipment,

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