Category: Policy

MCGA submits comments on DNR penalty plan that impacts irrigators

Recently, the Minnesota DNR solicited public comments on its Draft Plan for the Use of Administrative Penalty Authority. The plan outlines actions DNR may take if water users who use 10,000 gallons or more of surface or groundwater per day, or 1 million gallons per year, do not obtain the proper permit.

On behalf of its more than 7,000 members, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) issued comments on the draft plan on Dec.

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Rural issues will be prominent in new Minnesota legislature

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) pre-resolutions meeting is where corn farmers set policy priorities and discuss hot-button ag issues for the upcoming year. It’s also an opportunity for corn farmers to get legislative perspectives from insiders plugged into the Minnesota political scene.

Blois Olson, a prominent political reporter and commentator in Minnesota, opened his remarks at Thursday’s pre-resolutions meeting in Mankato by highlighting how Minnesota often bucks national trends every election cycle.

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What media outlets and biofuels leaders are saying after another RFS delay

EthanolIt’s been five days since the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) punted on finalizing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) numbers for 2014. For a full summary of the announcement and a synopsis of the RFS issue, click here.

To add additional context to the delay, and to get a little bit of insight into what the future might hold for the RFS, corn farmers and biofuels supporters,

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Interactive map shows benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Ever wonder how much of an economic impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has made for Minnesotans? A new interactive map from Fuels America has you covered.

According to the map, Minnesota’s biofuel sector supports 48,506 jobs and is responsible for $11.7 billion of economic output. Nationally, the biofuels sector supports over 852,000 jobs and generates $184.5 billion in economic activity.

Those are some impressive numbers.

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Agriculture Secretary announces risk management programs for farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new rules about Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) authorized by the 2014 farm bill.

Farmers must make a decision to 1) maintain the farm’s 2013 base acres of covered commodities through 2018; or, 2) reallocate base acres among those covered commodities planted on the farm at any time during the 2009 – 2012 crop years.

Complete details on PLC/ARC,

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Find out where Minnesota legislative candidates stand on food and farm issues

As election day on Nov. 4 gets closer, do you have questions about where candidates for Minnesota office stand on food and farm issues?

Most Minnesotans understand the important role farming plays in both our economy and our everyday lives. But sometimes ag-related issues can be overshadowed by other political hot-button items as races heat up.

That’s why the Minnesota Corn Growers Association has aligned with a Greater Minnesota (AGM).

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MCGA signs coalition letter to prevent WOTUS rule implementation

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is one of 23 Minnesota farm and business organizations signing a letter supporting bipartisan bill H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.

H.R. 5078 will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and adopting the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The letter was sent to Minnesota’s congressional and senate delegation.

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Webinar series will help Minnesota farmers better understand farm bill

If you’re a farmer and you’re not quite sure what to make of the 2014 farm bill, be sure to check out this three-part webinar series hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Wheat Growers.

“These are very complex, long-term decisions farmers have to make on the farm programs,” said commodity advisor and broker Al Kluis, who will be participating in each webinar.

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Waters of the United States rule is bad news for farmers

Written by Kirby Hettver

As a fifth-generation family farmer in Western, Minnesota, I’ve had to overcome many things. Flooded fields, droughts, unpredictable markets and buying and maintaining expensive machinery all help make farming a challenging profession.

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. A farmer feels a lot of pride when he or she overcomes those challenges and harvests a bumper crop to help provide food, feed, fiber and fuel for a growing world population.

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Taxes: Farmers invited to learn more about tax changes through webinar

UPDATE: Here is a video of the presentation and webinar:

Do you have questions about recent tax changes impacting farmers from the 2014 legislative session?

Then you’ll want to participate in a webinar hosted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue for farmers and agricultural groups to learn more about these tax changes, go over the new supplemental agricultural credit and answer questions about implementation.

Here are details:

When: Thursday,

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