Category: Policy

Legislative Update: Session ends with a lot to be decided (Updated)

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association senior public policy director

Update: On May 23, Gov. Dayton vetoed the tax and budget bills. During his press conference, the Governor indicated he would make a decision on the bonding bill by the end of the week. MCGA is disappointed in the veto of the tax bill, but we will continue to communicate the importance of Section 179 conformity for Minnesota farmers and work to advance agricultural tax relief in future legislative sessions.

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Farm Bill defeated in first House vote, but negotiations continue

Last week, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) called on its members to contact their United States representative and ask they vote against poison pill amendments that would potentially kill the 2018 farm bill. While the potentially disastrous amendments were defeated, the momentum was not enough to overcome Democratic opposition to pass the farm bill on the House floor Friday.

H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, otherwise known as the farm bill,

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MCGA: Enact the ag policy bill for the sensible legislation it is (Updated)

Update: A few hours after posting this blog, Governor Dayton vetoed the Agriculture Policy bill. MCGA is disappointed in Gov. Dayton’s decision to not enact this sensible bipartisan legislation.


The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and its grower leaders have worked tirelessly throughout the Minnesota legislative session to advance important priorities for Minnesota corn farmers, including an agriculture policy bill that includes several broadly supported provisions to support agricultural production and Minnesota farm families.

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Take Action Now: Stop amendments that would kill the 2018 farm bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is now debating H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018—also known as the farm bill. As part of this process, some very lethal amendments will receive a vote in the House this afternoon or tomorrow morning that would kill the 2018 farm bill if passed.

It is imperative Minnesota’s agricultural community contacts their representative and ask they help defeat the below poison pill amendments to preserve the farm bill:

  • Farm Policy Amendment #93: This amendment proposed by Tom McClintock (R-CA) eliminates the entire farm safety net,

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MN State Capitol

Legislative Update: Session hits home stretch, farm bill discussions heat up

There is less than a week to go at the Minnesota Legislature and still a lot of work to do finalize agreements on major pieces of legislation. Meanwhile out in Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives will debate and consider the farm bill. There are a lot of decisions under consideration in both St. Paul and Washington that will impact agriculture.

Following the conclusion of the legislative session we will have a complete run down for you on what got done that impacts agriculture,

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Buffers in eastern MN

Ag organizations unite to call for buffer tax credit

TAKE ACTION NOW! Contact your legislators and Governor Dayton now and ask that they immediately pass HF 4395/SF 3960 – providing a much-needed $50-per-acre property tax credit for farm acres that are required to be removed from production and converted into buffers. Quickly and easily send an email to your legislators and Gov. Dayton today.

  • I’m a farmer. Click here to submit a letter.
  • I’m not a farmer.

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Legislative Update: Section 179, Buffer Tax Credit and more hit home stretch

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association senior public policy director

It sounds like planters are finally starting to roll in most areas of Minnesota. While you are busy in the field, lawmakers are busy in St. Paul trying to finalize a long to-do list during the last two weeks of session.


Last week the Senate worked on their tax bill by giving an overview in the taxes committee,

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2018 farm bill off to a rocky, but not unprecedented start

It is expected the U.S. House of Representatives will soon approve its version of the 2018 farm bill, cuing up Senate Committee consideration the last week before the Memorial Day recess and full U.S. Senate action in June.

Of course, the best laid plans can (and do) go awry.

The House is moving a farm bill that largely reflects current law, with some improvements to Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC),

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MCGA Leadership: Stop spreading myths about the Groundwater Protection Rule

Last week, the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule was finally released for farmers to review and comment. While the rule has only recently been the focus of disdain from some in Minnesota agriculture, it has been in the making for nearly 30 years with significant input from agricultural organizations along the way.

Suffice to say, the Groundwater Protection Rule is not going away.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has been involved with the development of the rule,

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MDA releases proposed Groundwater Protection Rule

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) released the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule – previously referred to as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule – this morning. The proposed rule, the statement of need and reasonableness, appendixes for the statement of need and reasonableness and the notice of public hearings in July are all listed on the MDA website, which can be viewed here.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders will be carefully reviewing the more than 400 pages of documents over the coming days.

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