Category: Conservation

Buffers in eastern MN

Ag organizations and rural counties call for modifications and delay of state water buffer law

Eighteen Minnesota farm and agricultural organizations and several local government officials representing rural counties signed onto a joint letter to Governor Dayton and legislative leaders urgently requesting they make needed modifications to the water buffer law and delay its implementation date to give local governments and farmers enough time to comply.

The letter was led by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and signees include the Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Farm Bureau;

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MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Major bills coming to fruition

Leadership in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate continues to focus on the top priorities of tax relief, a state budget and a transportation bill. Legislators will have just two weeks before the 2017 session closes on May 22 to negotiate final agreements with the Dayton administration to avoid a special session.

To move things forward, House and Senate leaders met with the Governor’s office this week to do the groundwork necessary for negotiations to take place on major bills that could soon emerge from conference committees.

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Farmer follows five principles for soil health

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Dozens of farmers recently spent the day trading their cover crop experiences and other soil health techniques at a field day event hosted by the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District. The setting was the Pipestone farm of Ian Cunningham, who uses cover crops as one element in a five-part pursuit of healthy soil.

On his farm, Cunningham keeps soil covered for as much of the year as possible,

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2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Big bills, big issues in negotiations

Minnesota House and Senate conference committee members continued their work this week to craft compromises in major legislation concerning taxes and the state budget, transportation and regulation, some of which will have an impact on the state’s farming sector.

BUFFER LAW

The voices of farmers and agriculture interests are being heard in St. Paul concerning the state’s buffer law and the Legislation designed to improve it. A recent InForum article discussed how local governments,

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Minnesota Corn takes the pitch with MN United

MCGA has partnered with MN United, the state’s Major League Soccer team located in the Twin Cities, to share the conservation efforts of Minnesota’s corn farmers. The season-long partnership is an opportunity to reach a young, engaged audience and includes in-stadium signage, TV advertisements and other promotions.

On Sunday, MCGA was the presenting sponsor of the match as MN United beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 at TCF Bank Stadium. Corn-focused festivities kicked off on the plaza outside of the stadium prior to the game,

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MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Lawmakers pick up negotiations on key topics

State legislators returned to St. Paul from their annual Spring Break this week to open House-Senate negotiations on the state budget, taxes and other issues, including several bills that impact corn farmers and agriculture. Prior to the Easter/Passover break, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) took the lead in organizing a media outreach effort to raise awareness of key ag issues and urge farmers and rural residents to contact legislators during the break. The MCGA effort generated dozens of media mentions across Minnesota,

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MN Planting 2017: Reason for optimism

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

If USDA estimates prove true, farmers will plant 450,000 fewer acres of corn in Minnesota while increasing soybean acres by around 700,000 acres. The total state planting in these principal crops will be 8 million acres and 8.25 million for corn and soybeans, respectively.

According to the USDA, corn planted area nationwide for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.0 million acres,

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Buffer near Montevideo, MN

Buffers: Here’s where we are at

One of the most important topics to farmers during the 2017 legislative session, the buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While farmers agree with the intended outcome, many are concerned with various aspects of timing and implementation of the buffers.

At the Capitol, the House and Senate proposed legislation that includes delaying buffer law implementation, modified definitions of public waters and necessary buffer widths,

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Project Green finds common (green) ground between farm and city

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

What’s something that many people have in common with farmers? Nearly everyone loves to see the earth become green again, to feel spring springing.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has joined together this spring with KARE 11, the Twin Cities’ NBC affiliate, and Great River Greening, an environmental restoration group, to raise awareness about how we can all help the environment. The project culminates in a major volunteer beautification project along two miles of roadway in Wayzata in celebration of Earth Day this Saturday.

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2017 Minnesota Session

MN Legislative Update: Lawmakers return to full agenda

Minnesota State Legislators return to St. Paul on April 18 with a significant number of issues to address during the closing five weeks of the 2017 session. Leaders in both the House and Senate established earlier committee deadlines to better manage larger pieces legislation before the session is scheduled to end and to avoid the potential for a special session. As a result, several bills with impacts to the agriculture sector could be taken up soon.

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