Category: Policy

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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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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