Category: Policy

MCGA wraps up another great year at Farmfest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmfest, the largest outdoor farm show in Minnesota, wrapped up its three-day 2016 show last Thursday. Once again there was a strong presence by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

On Tuesday, MCGA sponsored “Ag Innovation Day,” which featured panel discussions, as well as a presentation by Minnesota 4-H student teams. These teams were some of the top finishers in 4-H’s Science of Agriculture challenge.

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Minnesota Corn will be well-represented at Farmfest 2016

FamFest 2016The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will once again have a strong presence at Farmfest 2016, which will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Gillfillan Estate, near Morgan.

Visitors can stop by the MCGA tent on the corner of Seed Road and Seventh Street to renew their association membership (or become a new member), learn more about MCGA’s 2016 Innovation Grant recipients, ask questions about the MCGA-sponsored Nitrogen Smart program,

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Corn Views: Farmers are taking leadership role on water quality issue

Written by Noah Hultgren
Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

A statewide editorial that appeared in ECM publications the week of June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population.

And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants, farmers are already playing an important leadership role.

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Access to tractor safety equipment in Minnesota just got more affordable

A new program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture  will reimburse farmers and schools up to 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping and installing tractor rollover protection kits.

The program can help cover costs up to $500 of installing a seat belt and roll bar. It also provides assistance in helping farmers identify and price the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.

Why is this good news for Minnesota farmers?

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Never stop speaking out: Here's our letter to the EPA on the the Renewable Fuel Standard

Ethanol fatigue is a real thing.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to try and tear apart the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), leaving exasperated corn farmers and supporters of clean, renewable, homegrown ethanol banging their heads against their desks and saying, “We gotta fight this battle all over again?”

Unfortunately, yes, we have to fight that battle all over again.

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA),

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Water-conscious farm family showcases controlled tile drainage as a conservation method

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Jared Nordick, 38, rented his first 65 acres from a neighbor when he was 15 years old. Right from the get-go, he practiced land stewardship side by side with his father Gerald, who learned how to care for the land from his dad.

The father-son team planted trees for a shelter belt to reduce wind erosion and tended to buffers and grass waterways. Nordick was among the first farmers certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Water Quality Certification Program.

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Corn farmers: Time to make your voices heard on ethanol, atrazine and trade

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

Bad news: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again attempting to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of corn ethanol blended in our fuel supply. The EPA is also using faulty science in a risk assessment for atrazine, which could curb the availability and use of the effective herbicide. Finally, Congress has yet to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),

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USDA Under Secretary Alexis Taylor visits Minnesota crop farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

What would you do? What would you say? If you had the opportunity to host a top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on your family farm?

For an hour on Wednesday, Plato, Minn., farmer Brian Thalmann, his dad Randall, and his son Adam, visited with Alexis Taylor, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA. Taylor is the official directly in charge of the farm program,

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Next generation of Taiwan swine producers visits Minnesota corn farm, ethanol plant

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Taiwanese swine producers, government officials, researchers and association representatives got a firsthand look at Minnesota corn farming and ethanol production on Tuesday.

Harold Wolle, a fifth-generation family farmer and First Vice President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), hosted the group at his family’s corn and soybean farm near St. James. Harold and his son Matthew answered the team’s questions related to marketing, quality,

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Minnesota corn farmers stand up and speak out at RFS hearing

No distance is too far to travel to speak out in favor of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to cut the amount of conventional corn ethanol blended in our fuel supply below what Congress called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The proposed cuts are a major blow to drivers, corn farmers and anyone who enjoys breathing cleaner air.

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