Category: Policy

Federal elections reinforce rural, metro party divide

Minnesotans came out to vote last Tuesday, with nearly 2.6 million people hitting the polls – a midterm turnout of nearly 64 percent. For both political parties, there were some major victories and disappointing losses once all ballots were counted.

Statewide elections were a clean sweep for the Democratic Party. Tim Walz beat Republican-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson in the governor race. Amy Klobuchar continued her stronghold in the U.S. Senate, with Tina Smith joining her after defeating Republican Karin Housley.

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Walz, Feehan visit Courtland farm to discuss issues impacting corn farmers

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz and First Congressional District candidate Dan Feehan visited the Courtland farm of Tim Waibel Friday to discuss issues corn farmers are facing in the First District and all of Minnesota.

The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

Upon arrival,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association requests candidate support for Buffer Property Tax Credit

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association sent a letter to candidates for Governor and the Minnesota House of Representatives requesting their support for the Buffer Property Tax Credit to address the unfairness of continuing to tax farmland converted to buffers at a tax level that assumes those acres are still producing crops and revenue.

In an effort led by MCGA, the Buffer Property Tax Credit was introduced during the 2018 legislative session not to challenge the Minnesota Buffer Law,

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NAFTA agreement brings much-needed certainty to Minnesota corn farmers

Late Sunday, the United States, Canada and Mexico reached an agreement in principle on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), renamed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The news was met with praise by Minnesota farmers.

“While we are still evaluating its benefit to American agriculture, this week’s agreement is a much-needed positive development for Minnesota corn farmers and their families,” Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann said. “Both Mexico and Canada have become vital trade partners under NAFTA,

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ALJ report concludes Groundwater Protection Rule may move forward

The Office of Administrative Hearings issued its report with respect to the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule on Monday, concluding that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) may move forward with the proposed rule, subject to a few required modifications.

In August, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) testified and submitted comments showing that the additional regulations were not necessary at this time. While the administrative law judge ruled the Groundwater Protection Rule should move forward,

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MCGA, WCCO Radio to co-host Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate on Oct. 9

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has partnered with WCCO Radio and Minnesota AgriGrowth to host the Greater Minnesota Debate, with gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz. The debate will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Willmar, and will be broadcast live on WCCO Radio.

The debate between Hennepin County Commissioner Johnson and Congressman Walz will focus on issues impacting rural Minnesota and its vital ag sector.

Corn farmers and MCGA understand the importance of reinforcing the value of agriculture in our state,

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MCGA calls on Congress to pass farm bill before heading home

In a letter delivered today, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) called on Minnesota members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to help put differences aside and find common ground on a farm bill that can be signed into law before the current bill expires Sept. 30. A PDF of the letter is available here.

In the letter, MCGA President Kirby Hettver detailed the events that have negatively impacted Minnesota farms,

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MCGA to co-host Greater Minnesota gubernatorial debate

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to partner with WCCO Radio and Minnesota AgriGrowth to host the Greater Minnesota Debate, featuring gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Wilmar, and will be broadcasted live on WCCO Radio.

The debate between Hennepin County Commissioner Johnson and Congressman Walz will focus on issues impacting rural Minnesota, including its vital ag sector.

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NCGA President Skunes reflects on year of highs and lows

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council welcomed National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Kevin Skunes to its joint board meeting last week. For Skunes, it was an opportunity to recap what was a tumultuous year for NCGA as it worked to overcome federal issues impacting the nation’s corn farmers.

Skunes, who farms in Arthur, N.D., said when his one-year term started last October he envisioned the farm bill would occupy the majority of his efforts.

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Market Facilitation Program now open for recipients of trade aid

As of Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is providing direct payments to farmers who have been negatively impacted by recently imposed foreign tariffs. To ensure a smooth application process, all producers are encouraged to follow a few recommendations.

MFP sign-up began on Sept. 4, with farmers having until Jan. 15 to apply for payment. The September timeframe was intended for pork and dairy producers who qualify for aid, with crop producers applying later in the fall after harvest to spread out requests and not overload county offices.

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