Minnesota Harvest

Corn farmers: Contact the White House today to stress need for adequate trade assistance

Friday’s announcement that the Trump Administration is increasing the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, and China’s retaliatory tariffs, could not have come at a worse time for corn farmers, bringing more uncertainty to markets and impacting commodity prices.

In an effort to ease this impact, the Administration is now pursuing a second round of trade assistance for agriculture with the intent of making an announcement in the next few days.

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Trump calls for trade aid payments in response to China negotiations

In a tweet earlier today, President Trump announced he would be working with his administration to deliver aid to U.S. farmers who have been impacted by ongoing trade negotiations with China.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is working closely with the National Corn Growers Association to ensure corn farmers receive the necessary amount of aid to offset the negative impact of trade tariffs and ongoing trade uncertainty.

Trade disruptions and ongoing tariff escalation have combined with wet weather and a stagnant farm economy to create a perfect storm for Minnesota corn farmers.

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MCGA awards scholarship to Academy for Sciences & Agriculture students

Each year, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) offers a $1,000 scholarship to two students at the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) Charter School to help grow the next generation of agricultural leaders. Emelia Smith and Abigail Stumpner were recently announced as the 2019 recipients.

The current president of the school’s FFA chapter, Smith will attend the University of Minnesota where she will pursue a career as a veterinarian. Stumpner, who is also an FFA officer,

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With wet spring, Walz waives hours of service requirements for fertilizer trucks

Gov. Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order granting a temporary exemption from hours of service requirements for commercial vehicle drivers delivering anhydrous ammonia or other fertilizers to Minnesota farmers.

In the executive order, Walz credited February/March major snow events, along with flooding and a wet spring, for delaying planting across the state. With the shortened spring planting season, fertilizer retailers are experiencing increased demand. The exemption will help drivers now traveling longer distances to farmers during the shorter window for planting.

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MCGA returns to the ballpark with the St. Paul Saints

(MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr presented a check to the University of Minnesota Bee Lab as part of the “Aww-Shucks” promotion last season.)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) returns to CHS Field for another summer partnering with the St. Paul Saints. Fans of all ages will again be treated to corn-filled fun, including a brand new promotion for the 2019 season.

New this year, attendees will want to break out the yoga mat in the stands for a “Moment of Zen,” offering fans at the ballpark a break from the nonstop action that typically occurs during a Saints game.

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