Co-op health plan offered to farmers, informational sessions scheduled

During the 2017 legislative session, the Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton approved a law that enabled farmers to form health care cooperatives to provide another option for farmers to help address rising health insurance premiums. The rule paved the way for 40 Square Cooperative Solutions to begin offering self-funded health plans to Minnesota farmers.

Farmers who are considered an “employer” with at least one common law employee and work in production agriculture are eligible.

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Guardian Energy, Janesville, Minnesota

EPA announces it will not further reduce biofuel volumes in 2018

Update to original story:

Following the reversal of proposals that would undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), 64 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reconsider his support for the RFS in a letter earlier this week. The group representing primarily oil producing states has requested to sit down with the current White House Administration to discuss what they deem is a flawed program that leads to job losses for oil refiners.

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Registration now open for 2018 Ag EXPO

MN Ag EXPO will take over Mankato Jan. 24-25, 2018, at the Verizon Wireless Center. The biggest and best agricultural show in Minnesota features an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers. The event is free to attend for all farmers, and you can pre-register today.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Ron Lamberty from the American Coalition for Ethanol will begin the day with an update on the world of ethanol.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Hicks family brings science home to the farm

(Photo:  The Hicks family, who received the Innovation Grant, in order—David Hicks, Adam Hicks, Brian Hicks, Michelle Hicks, Madelynne Hicks, Mariah Hicks, Mercedes Hicks and in front is Stephen Hicks.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer and fall we have been highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

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A week of farm visits for gubernatorial candidates

The first week of corn farm visits by 2018 candidates for Minnesota governor is in the books, with four candidates making it out to family farms to discuss the importance of agriculture. Topics ranged from healthcare, to buffers, to the technology found in the combine. Each candidate walked away with a better understanding of modern farms and the issues that are important to the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

Invitations to gubernatorial candidates were extended earlier this summer as part of the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign,

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