Category: Policy

Ethanol Update: The good, the bad and the ugly

There’s some good, a lot of bad, and plenty of ugly in this week’s Ethanol Update. To better cover each category, we’ve enlisted The Man With No Name to help us.

As you probably know by now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released renewable fuel levels for 2014-16 as called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Unfortunately, the agency has proposed slashing the amount of homegrown ethanol by about 4 billion gallons.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association President: Don’t mess with the RFS

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed slashing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply by almost 4 billion gallons from 2014-16. The cuts amount to the loss of nearly a billion and a half bushels in corn demand compared to original RFS targets.

Northfield farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Bruce Peterson issued the following statement after EPA announced its proposal:

“Today’s announcement from EPA is bad news for farmers,

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Federal legislative update: RFS, TPA and conservation compliance

Yesterday I posted an ag and corn-focused update from the recently completed Minnesota legislative session. You can read that post here to get caught up on buffer legislation, the bioeconomy bill, ag research funding and other state legislation.

Today, I’d like to focus on a couple of federal items:

Renewable Volume Obligations
The deadline is June 1 for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) per the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff
Minnesota Corn Growers Association Policy Director

We’re less than a week away (supposedly) from the end of the Minnesota legislative session. But who’s counting?

This week’s legislative update includes all of the usual state updates, as well as updates from the federal side. Almost 1,000 words of wonky ag policy discussion for you to peruse as you finish up planting!

Buffers
Agriculture groups,

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From today's Star Tribune: Enough with all of this Minnesota farmer-bashing

Noah Hultgren, a fourth-generation family farmer in Raymond, Minn., and First Vice President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, has an op-ed in today’s Star Tribune that covers what corn farmers are doing to address water quality concerns.

Hultgren also shares his perspective Gov. Dayton’s buffer strip proposal and tackles “what seems to be a coordinated effort to label farmers as polluters who are doing nothing to address water-quality concerns.”

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

We don’t need more shouting.

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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff
Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Policy Director

The legislature has to be done by May 18, which means we’re getting closer to crunch time for many ag and corn-related bills. Here is this week’s legislative update:

Buffer update
Nothing new to report on the buffer front. Based on conversations I’ve had around the capitol, I still think the governor will try and get something related to buffers passed at the end of this session,

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5 things corn farmers (and everyone else) should know about the Bioeconomy bill

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is one of several organizations supporting the Bioeconomy bill during the ongoing Minnesota legislative session. The Bioeconomy bill would develop new market opportunities for Minnesota corn farmers, create new jobs and economic output, require minimal up-front investment from the state and protect our state’s land, soil and water resources.

As with many new concepts, the Bioeconomy bill is complicated, but the program and objectives are simple.

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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff
Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Policy Director

Avian influenza and buffers remained the most-publicized agriculture issue at the state capitol last week, but as usual, there were plenty of other ag issues farmers should be aware of as well. Here is this week’s legislative update:

Buffers
Not much new to report on Gov. Dayton’s buffer proposal. The governor met with Northfield farmer and MCGA President Bruce Peterson,

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Corn farmers spend day at state capitol talking buffers and other ag issues

About 15 farmer-leaders from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) spent a day last week at the state capitol meeting with legislators and sharing their point of view on issues and legislation that impacts Minnesota’s 25,000 corn farmers.

Legislative visits are a great way for corn farmers to ensure that issues important to them remain a priority for lawmakers during busy legislative sessions. It’s also another example of MCGA’s grassroots activities.

“Now more than ever before,

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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff
Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Policy Director

Gov. Dayton’s buffer proposal and the bioeconomy bill once again lead this week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol. On the federal side, we have a Renewable Fuel Standard update and news on the Waters of the United States legislation.

Before getting to this week’s update, I’d like to thank the farmer-leaders from Minnesota Corn who spent Tuesday at the capitol visiting legislators and meeting with agency leaders.

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