Category: Policy

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 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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Submit your RFS comments before the July 27 deadline!

EthanolTime is running out to make your voice heard and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working for all Americans.

The EPA has proposed slashing the RFS — legislation that sets targets for the amount of clean, renewable and homegrown biofuels to blend in the U.S. fuel supply — by 4 million gallons below what Congress originally intended.

This isn’t just bad news for corn farmers and biofuels supporters,

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MN corn farmers talk WOTUS, ethanol and GMO labeling in Washington D.C.

Several farmer-leaders from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) spent the week of July 13 in Washington D.C. attending Corn Congress and meeting with key policymakers and elected officials on Capitol Hill about important agriculture issues.

In addition to meeting with nearly every member of Minnesota’s congressional and senate delegation, MCGA farmer-leaders also met with key USDA officials and Rep. Mike Conway, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

“Whenever we’re in Washington,

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Ethanol Update: Have you submitted your RFS comments yet?

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last Ethanol Update post, so let’s get right to it.

Have you submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yet telling it not to mess with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)? If not, stop reading, click here, and make your voice heard! It only takes a couple of minutes.

After you’ve submitted your letter, head to Twitter or Facebook and let others know why you’re standing up for homegrown biofuels by using the hashtag #RFSworks.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association supports U.S. sugar policy

A recent story in the Star Tribune covered what it called a “declaration of war” by corn syrup makers on sugar refiners and U.S. sugar policy.

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is based in Washington D.C. and represents companies that manufacture products like corn sweeteners. The CRA would like to see U.S. sugar policy weakened.

Since the story was published, we’ve received inquiries at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) about our position on U.S.

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