Category: Policy

MCGA requests Gov. Dayton immediately release the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, issues membership call to action

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) submitted a letter to Governor Mark Dayton this morning advocating for the immediate release of both the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule and detailed GIS maps, followed by a 90-day comment period.

MCGA President Kirby Hettver testified in front of the Minnesota House Agriculture Policy Committee this morning and reiterated these requests, as well as Minnesota corn farmers’ continued commitment to sustainability and best management practices. Coinciding with MCGA’s letter to the Governor and President Hettver’s testimony earlier today,

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MDA unveils an updated map and timeline for the Nitrogen Rule

Governor Mark Dayton and Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson held a press conference Tuesday outlining changes the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) intends to make to the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule. News from the meeting includes an updated map and updated timeline.

The updated map, which you can see here, has been significantly revised with less coverage of areas identified as vulnerable to fall application. For example, northwestern Minnesota was provided a climate exemption due to the low soil temperatures when fall nitrogen would normally be applied in the region.

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State’s corn growers invest in nitrogen management

Minnesota’s corn growers are investing in research and education to reduce nitrate loss as part of their mission to become the most environmentally responsible and sustainable corn farmers in the nation. Since 2014, corn farmers have invested nearly $6 million of their own funds through the corn check-off in education and research that improves nitrogen management strategies.

Through farmers’ corn check-off investment, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is working with leading researchers to develop best management practices that protect Minnesota’s drinking water while maintaining productive farm operations.

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Potential changes to RFS harm nation’s corn growers

Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue (right) speaks with corn farmers at Commodity Classic

UPDATE TO THE BELOW POST:

Reports are now surfacing that a meeting will take place Monday to negotiate potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It is expected the meeting will include both supporters of the ethanol and the oil industry, including lawmakers and executives from each.

Potential outcomes from this meeting may include devastating changes to the RFS that would greatly impact the nation’s corn growers,

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Take action now: Help protect the RFS

President Trump vowed to protect hard-working farmers and homegrown fuels like ethanol. But Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his home-state oil refiners want President Trump to betray that promise, just to boost surging profits for a few oil refiners.

After yesterday’s meeting at the White House, Cruz claims the administration is now “close” to accepting oil-backed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs); changes that would significantly threaten corn farmers in Minnesota and across the country.

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Setting the stage for profitability: Political engagement

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

The legislative session is underway, as policy makers convene in St.

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2017 Minnesota Session

MCGA sets its priorities for 2018 Minnesota legislative session

Legislators from across Minnesota reconvened in St. Paul Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session. While it was once thought this year’s session would be quiet due to upcoming elections, important issues like tax conformity are now taking center stage for what will be another eventful few months.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders identified the following as its legislative priorities for the 2018 session:

Enacting State tax reform and federal conformity: The passage of federal tax reform in December 2017 presents an opportunity for Minnesota to update its state tax code,

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Harold Wolle

MCGA chairman seeks Corn Board position in 2018

Written by Harold Wolle

My name is Harold Wolle. I am a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, and I will be seeking a position on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board in 2018. I will be attending Commodity Classic next week, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person. But first, I would like to tell you a little about myself.

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NAFTA negotiations ongoing, but optimism exists

The sixth round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently concluded without major headway providing confidence an agreement is near. However, the productive conversation and signs the concerns of the ag community are being heard have been encouraging, according to Melissa Kessler, director of strategic relations for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

Kessler said early concerns were that the United States could pull out of NAFTA while renegotiations were underway,

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Minnesota ag community unites for long-term sustainability

In 2015, the state legislature established the Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Program to hire researchers and improve infrastructure at University of Minnesota colleges and Extension sites. The goal of the investment is to achieve long-term sustainability in agriculture.

Now three years in, the first round of funding has led to the hiring of 14 faculty positions, five Extension educators and a number of needed infrastructure upgrades in areas like crop and livestock productivity,

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