Category: Policy

EWG is really good at preying on people's fears, not so good at liking Tweets

Whether it’s sun tan lotion, farm policy or what you eat for dinner, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is always trying to scare you about something. But what’s truly scary about EWG is its disregard for sound science and objectivity.

Farmers caught on to EWG’s tactics a long time ago. After all, it’s farmers that EWG spends countless hours demonizing in their efforts to use pseudoscience to boost their own bottom line and build its brand.

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Where do presidential candidates stand on agriculture and rural issues?

hillaryWith the Iowa caucuses happening today, the 2016 presidential race will begin to consume even more airtime and print space than it already does. If you still have questions about where the candidates stand on agriculture and rural issues, here are some excellent resources:

Rural Route to the White House
This site from AgriPulse contains links to articles on any and all stories related to individual candidates and their views on important food,

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New MN Ag EXPO panels to cover agriculture policy and advocacy

MN Ag EXPO 2016 features two new panel discussions led by a pair of the most recognizable names in Midwest farm broadcasting. On Thursday, Jan. 28 (that’s just a couple days away!), Lynn Ketelsen from the Linder Farm Network and Don Wick from Red River Farm Network will lead panel discussions titled “The Future of Ag Policy in Minnesota” and “Advocating for Agriculture.”

“The Future of Ag Policy in Minnesota” is set to feature former Minnesota speaker of the house Kurt Zellers and prominent Minnesota political analyst Blois Olson.

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Not a single agriculture topic was covered during last night's debate

debateFor more than two hours on Tuesday night, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and six other republican presidential candidates engaged in a nationally televised debate live from The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. If you were a farmer who tuned in hoping to hear at least a question or two related to food, farming, trade or biofuels policy, you went to bed disappointed.

Despite the fact that everyone in America eats,

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Corn Growers on RFS cuts: Today’s announcement a “step backward in American energy policy”

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2016. EPA’s final 2016 RVO number cuts the amount of homegrown corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply by 500 million gallons below what Congress originally called for when passing the RFS in 2007.

The RFS is legislation that sets annual targets for the amount of cleaner-burning biofuels like corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

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Ethanol Update: Heading down the RFS home stretch

There is a lot of activity and rhetoric (mostly rhetoric) flying around about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) right now. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to finalize it’s adjusted RFS numbers on Nov. 30, which means Big Oil and its cronies are out in full force banging the anti-ethanol drum and doing whatever they can to get others to buy into the myths and misinformation they spread about cleaner-burning homegrown biofuels.

For this week’s Ethanol Update,

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Ethanol Update: Big month for biofuels in Minnesota

It’s been a while since we did an Ethanol Update, so let’s get right to it. This week’s update includes information on a USDA biofuels grant, Coborn’s, new RFS TV ads and President Obama.

As you’ll see, it’s been a good month for homegrown biofuels here in Minnesota. The number of flex-fuel pumps out there is expanding and a USDA grant will help us install even more at stations throughout the state.

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Minnesota corn farmers: Tell Klobuchar and Franken to stop WOTUS now!

KlobFrankThe U.S. Senate plans to vote on S. 1140 and possibly the Congressional Review Act concerning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corp of Engineers’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule next week.

If passed, this would force EPA and the Corps to withdraw its damaging WOTUS rule.

Minnesota corn farmers: It’s time to make your voices heard. Tell Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken to vote YES on S.

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Crop insurance kerfuffle is latest example of why grassroots action is so important

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

Crop insurance as we know it came dangerously close to ending this week. But thanks to the grassroots efforts of farmers — many of them here in Minnesota and members of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association — it looks like crop insurance will survive.

Farmers purchase crop insurance to guard against the many risks of farming, which include natural disaster,

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Corn Growers call for uniform national GMO labeling standard

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) policy director Anna Boroff recently spent time in Washington D.C. urging lawmakers to pass a uniform, national labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In a bi-partisan vote, the U.S. House passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by a wide margin in July. The legislation would ensure that consumers have access to the same science-based information regardless of which state they shop in instead of different state labeling mandates.

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