Category: Policy

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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MCGA Radio: Tom Sell talks farm bill implementation

On this week’s Minnesota Corn Growers Association radio, Tom Sell from Combest, Sell & Associates covers what corn farmers should know about implementation of the 2014 farm bill.

The sign-up period for the farm bill’s crop insurance programs is expected to begin late fall and could carry into early spring.

“One of the real hallmarks of this farm bill is that there are a lot of choices,” Sell said.

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Don't play political games with crucial farm policy

Congress has started debating a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill, which funds important food safety, farm services, animal health and nutrition programs. Unfortunately, some lawmakers are already trying to undo important parts of the farm bill, a piece of legislation that took four years to pass and hasn’t even been fully implemented yet.

Farmers’ crops are in the ground, and planting decisions were based on what they understood to be the rules of a the new five-year farm bill.

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Will there be another propane shortage this winter?

The weather is (finally) warm, but it wasn’t long ago that Minnesota farmers, homeowners and businesses were dealing with a propane shortage during harvest season made worse by a long, frigid winter.

Staff from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association have been meeting with industry representatives and government officials who are working to develop strategies to prevent another shortage this winter.

Here is a Q&A to summarize of what MCGA has learned so far:

What’s the issue?

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