Category: Farming

MN State Capitol

Legislative Recap: End of session and special session full of drama

The Legislature did not fully complete its business, including the passage of omnibus tax and budget bills, by the constitutional deadline of May 22nd at midnight, and went into a special session that finally concluded early Friday morning. Following is a report regarding key legislative issues important to farmers:

BUFFER LEGISLATION
The omnibus environmental and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed just before the close of the regular session. As amended,

Read more >

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;

Read more >

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,

Read more >

Innovation grants from MCGA

Safety review a year-round effort

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Safety should be a year-round habit on the farm, according to Dr. Bruce Alexander, director of Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). Many farmers are taking more time to make sure all their equipment is properly serviced – and the more methodical you can be, so not one piece of equipment is overlooked, the less risk you face.

“Farmers and agricultural workers have about six times as much risk of dying on the job as workers in other industries,” Alexander offers the sobering statistics.

Read more >

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.

Read more >

2017 Legislative Update

Connect with lawmakers during legislative Spring Break

Talk to your legislators this week! State policymakers are making headway at the capitol on several significant issues. But before many of the major decisions are made, legislators will take a one-week break beginning April 10 to meet with local constituents and recharge.

The legislative Spring Break is the perfect time for Minnesota’s farmers to make their voices heard. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) urges members and others from rural Minnesota to contact state lawmakers and express their views about a few key issues that need to be resolved in the closing weeks of the 2017 legislative session.

Read more >

2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Major bills moving to closure

In the days leading up to the Legislature’s annual Spring Break (April 7-16), several high-profile bills have either received approval and await Gov. Dayton’s action or are making the final turns in the legislative process before moving forward for the Governor’s approval.

Health Insurance Reform
Although Congress was unable to pass a health insurance reform package in March, the Minnesota Legislature did. Both the Senate and House passed the reinsurance plan that we have discussed in recent weeks,

Read more >

Farm Camp Minnesota

Register now for Farm Camp Minnesota

Farmers, agriculture organizations, agribusinesses, and volunteers have joined together to organize and host the sixth annual “Farm Camp Minnesota”.

Farm Camp Minnesota is open to kids entering grades 3-6.  In 2017, the one-day camp will be held at several different locations throughout the state.

  • August 7-8: Farm Camp Minnesota will be held in the Waseca area at Farmamerica
  • August 15: St. Cloud area near Rice, Minnesota at the Schmitt Family Farm
  • August 16: Northfield area near Dundas,

Read more >

MN House 2017

Legislative Update: State budget proposals unveiled

Under the Minnesota Constitution, the State Legislature and Governor are responsible for developing a new state budget every two years. Budgets are crafted during odd numbered years, immediately following the previous year’s elections. The state’s fiscal budget year is July 1 – June 30, so the legislature and Governor have a real deadline, unless they are prepared to risk a government shutdown.

How well a state budget is developed and adopted depends in part on ideological differences between those who control the state’s House,

Read more >

MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Health insurance re-emerges as significant issue

During the first few weeks of this year’s Legislative session, Republicans and Democrats worked quickly to pass a bipartisan bill to provide $326 million in premium relief to people who obtain their health insurance through the individual market exchange. When passing the bill, legislators and Gov. Dayton acknowledged that a more permanent solution was needed to avoid skyrocketing insurance premiums for 2018 and to ensure that insurance companies wouldn’t abandon the individual market. During March,

Read more >