40 Square expands health insurance options for farmers, agribusinesses

Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses will again have the option to enroll in health plans offered through 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, an agricultural health plan co-op providing access to self-funded health insurance. After more than 1,000 individuals enrolled in the program last year, 40 Square will be expanding its health plans in 2019.

40 Square now offers seven health plans, including Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible plans and a new high deductible plan featuring low monthly premiums.

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Soil Health Summit now open to all farmers interested in innovative soil health practices

The 2019 Soil Health Summit will again unite farmers, agronomists, environmental groups and more in St. Louis to discuss the latest in soil health research. And for the first time in its history, the Summit, scheduled Jan. 15-16, will be open to the public.

Organized by the Soil Health Partnership (SHP), the Soil Health Summit will feature opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and education on the latest in soil health strategies,

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Global upside for ethanol and DDGS evident at Export Exchange 2018

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

New developments in the United States, including possible year-round sales of E15, and plans to reduce carbon emissions around the world could add upwards of 20 billion gallons of ethanol demand in the next decade.

One place where this future was being actively brought to fruition was the biennial conference called the Export Exchange, a global marketing conference for grains and bioenergy organized by the U.S.

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Gubernatorial candidate Johnson visits family corn farm in Cannon Falls

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson visited the Cannon Falls farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association director Les Anderson on Saturday. The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming with candidates for elected office.

Saturday morning was a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with Johnson, who is currently a commissioner in Hennepin County. The dialogue between Anderson and Johnson focused on the issues impacting corn growers in the state and the opportunities ahead.

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MCGA stressed importance of ethanol-blended fuels to reach federal gas emission goals

Earlier this year, under the direction of the White House, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to amend existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards, covering model years 2021 through 2026.

The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles proposed rule provided an opportunity to stress the importance of ethanol as a high-octane fuel source that can increase vehicle efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in optimized engines.

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