Category: Policy

This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director

I’m back after spending the last week in Washington D.C. and Phoenix on a very interesting MARL trip and another productive Commodity Classic, respectively.

While I was away, the Minnesota legislature learned that the budget surplus is now projected to be $1.89 billion, an increase of $832 million over the November forecast. That’s certainly good news as the March 20 first committee deadline approaches.

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USDA extends deadline to update base acres or yield history and other news from Commodity Classic

The 20th annual Commodity Classic is underway in Phoenix and several Minnesota Corn Growers Association grower-leaders are in attendance. Here is a quick summary of some of the corn-centric news to come out of Classic so far:

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will provide a one-time extension to farmers for the new safety-net programs (known as ARC and PLC) established in the 2014 farm bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended from Feb.

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MCGA Radio: Bruce Peterson from Commodity Classic

Several Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) farmer-leaders are in Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic, one of the largest gatherings of farmers, agribusiness and ag policy leaders that takes place during the year.

Commodity Classic is also where the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sets its policy and priority goals for the upcoming year. Since MCGA is one of the largest grassroots ag organizations in the entire country,

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This week's ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director

Gov. Dayton’s proposed pay raises for his commissioners gobbled up most of the media coverage this week at the Minnesota state capitol (never change, Minnesota politics!). But there were still plenty of ag-related happenings, including a legislative water commission meeting, an agricultural sector meeting with the DNR and legislative visits involving Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) farmer-leaders.

Here is this week’s legislative recap:

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This week's ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

This week’s ag-focused update from the Minnesota state capitol features information on Gov. Dayton’s budget, wolves, irrigation, the Keystone XL pipeline, ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Let’s get right to it:

  • When Gov. Dayton released his budget last week, I dived right in to pull out all the tidbits that would be of interest to farmers, but might fly under the radar in mainstream media coverage. I still have more reading to do and people to talk to,

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Everything you ever wanted to know about buffer strips

At a DNR roundtable event in January, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton told the audience that he would ask the legislature to require a 50-foot buffer along all Minnesota waterways. Details of the governor’s proposal have not been revealed and legislation has yet to be introduced.

Nonetheless, the proposal has generated a lot of discussion. That discussion will likely pick up in the coming weeks if legislation is actually introduced to implement the governor’s 50-foot buffer proposal.

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An ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Anna Boroff, Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), has been at the state capitol throughout the current legislative session. Here are Anna’s thoughts on what corn farmers should be paying attention to as this legislative session continues:

  •  Everyone is talking about Gov. Dayton’s buffer strip statement made 10 days ago at a statewide DNR roundtable event. In case you missed it, the governor proposed mandating 50-foot buffer strips on all Minnesota waterways.

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Still have farm bill questions? Register for a free farm bill webinar on Jan. 8

If you’re a Minnesota farmer who still has questions about programs included in the 2014 farm bill, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council are here to help.

The next in an ongoing series of farm bill webinars is set for 7–8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. Topics covered will include Farm Service Agency (FSA) and supplemental crop insurance. Another webinar on Feb.

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MCGA Radio: Previewing the Minnesota Legislative session

On the final Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) radio of 2014, political insider Blois Olson shares his insights on what topics in the upcoming Minnesota legislative session will be of particular interest to farmers and rural communities.

 

 

The new Minnesota legislative session kicks off on Jan. 6, 2015.

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6 important issues Minnesota corn farmers will face in 2015

Minnesota CornBefore ringing in the new year, let’s take a look at six key issues Minnesota corn farmers can expect to face in 2015.

Corn prices
Most estimates indicate that corn prices will need to be around $4.25-$4.50 per bushel for corn farmers to break even in 2015. Today, corn prices are hovering around the $3.70–$4 range.

As recently as 2008, the breakeven price for corn was about $3.50 per bushel.

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