Category: Policy

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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Agriculture, food and environmental issues on the agenda for Congress this fall

Now that Congress is back in session following the Labor Day recess, it’s a good bet that several issues important to agriculture will be up for discussion. Let’s take a brief look at some of those issues and summarize what they might mean for Minnesota corn farmers.

WOTUS Repeal
The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule has taken a bizarre turn. Before WOTUS was officially set to go into effect about two weeks ago,

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Corn Links: Buffer strips, algae blooms, data, and best-in-show

It’s Tuesday, the weather is warming up again, and harvest time is getting closer and closer. Here are a couple of must-read stories from the world of corn and farming that are worth checking out:

All buffers, all the time
Minnesota’s new buffer legislation remains a hot topic in the Minnesota farming community. Daniel Looker at Agriculture.com examined the issue in a story today. It’s worth a read for the insight Looker provides on a couple of Farm Service Agency programs that may help farmers when complying with the new buffer regulations.

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What blend wall? Minnesota drivers already use more than 10 percent ethanol

When the oil industry and the Environmental Protection Agency cite the 10 percent “blend wall” as a reason to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply, one can point to Minnesota as a prime example of why the “blend wall” is a myth.

Ethanol’s opponents came up with a term called the “blend wall” to describe what they say is the upper limit of ethanol consumption in the fuel marketplace.

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Ethanol Update: Removing ethanol from fuel increases toxic emissions

The official comment period to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply as called for by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is now over.

But that doesn’t mean our voices should go silent. Until EPA’s numbers are finalized, continue speaking out in support of maintaining a strong RFS and keeping America’s energy policy moving forward,

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Make your voice heard: Ask Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Franken to stop WOTUS

Unless farmers, landowners and other concerned citizens act now, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is set to go into effect on Aug. 28.

As most readers know, the new WOTUS rule dramatically expands the definition of what constitutes a water of the United States under the federal Clean Water Act. Ditches, ponds and low areas of a field that only contain moisture for a few days out of the year could be subject to permit requirements under the Clean Water Act if WOTUS is implemented.

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Corn Growers wrap up “What you need to Know” district meetings

Over 300 farmers attended a series of six “What you need to Know” district meetings hosted by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in July. The meetings were an opportunity for MCGA staff, along with staff from partner organizations, to provide an update on Minnesota’s new buffer requirements and other legislative and policy items important to corn farming in Minnesota.

Corn farmers filled meeting rooms in Red Lake Falls,

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