Category: Policy

Legislative Update: Getting down to crunch time

Written by Anna Boroff, Minnesota Corn Growers Association Senior Public Policy Director

With less than two weeks remaining before the current Minnesota legislative session is constitutionally required to end (on May 23), we’re coming up on crunch time to reach deals on a bonding bill, transportation and property tax relief.

Here’s a real quick update on where a few things stand at the moment:

Property taxes
No new developments to report.

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Everything you need to know about Minnesota's buffer laws

With planting season underway and a new bill recently signed into law by Gov. Dayton that clarifies several items in Minnesota’s new buffer law (which was passed during the 2015 legislative session), the Minnesota Corn Growers Association put together the following Frequently Asked Questions post the buffer law.

To the best of our abilities, we tried to simplify the many complexities of the bill so farmers had an easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive, reference point when asking questions about the buffer law.

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Legislative Update: Drones, ethanol, transportation and more

Written by Anna Boroff, Senior Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA)

It sounds like Minnesota farmers are making great progress this planting season. As of last week, 45 percent of the state’s corn crop was in the ground, two weeks ahead of the five-year average.

As you continue making progress, we want to make sure you’re staying up to date on the latest agriculture legislative and policy happenings in Washington D.C.

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Fueling the truth: Taking down ethanol haters myth by misguided myth

If you have a friend who remains skeptical about ethanol’s air quality benefits, or you know a local mechanic who clings to the belief that ethanol damages engines, you’ll want to send them to FuelingTheTruth.com.

The new website from the Urban Air Initiative cuts through all the myths, misinformation and confusion put out there by ethanol’s critics and gets right down to the facts.

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Legislative update: What's happening in St. Paul and Washington D.C. while farmers are planting?

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director.

It sounds like planting progress is moving full speed ahead out in farm country. In St. Paul, the legislative session also continues churning forward. Here is a quick farm-focused legislative update to peruse while you’re in the tractor planting.

Buffer bill passes
Last week the House voted to pass a bill that clarifies several items in the buffer bill passed last year.

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Renville County farmer Gerald Mulder honored with special House resolution

A special resolution in the Minnesota House of Representatives honored Renville County family farmer Gerald Mulder on April 14 for his outstanding contributions to Minnesota agriculture.

Mulder has been farming for 43 years and has served on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors for seven years. Mulder has also served on the Renville County 4-H board for 20 years and on the Renville County Farm Bureau board.

“I’m passionate about farming and working to give farmers a strong voice on important issues,” Mulder said.

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Legislative update: Buffers, budgets, BWSR and more

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

Before getting into this week’s legislative update, I’d like to personally thank all the legislators, farmer-leaders, agency staff and other leaders who attended the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Legislative Reception on April 6. It was great to connect with so many legislators, hear from several commissioners and talk food and farming with other leaders from throughout Minnesota.

Pictures and details from the event can be seen here.

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Making your voices heard: Recapping MCGA's Legislative Reception

Every spring, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) hosts its annual Legislative Reception in St. Paul.

MCGA farmer-leaders spend a lot of time at the State Capitol meeting with legislators, agency staff and other leaders. The Legislative Reception is an opportunity for corn farmers and legislators to come together in a more informal setting to visit about a variety of issues, and get to know a little bit more about each other in the process.

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Legislative Update: Buffers, property taxes and Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway

Property tax relief for farmers continues moving forward, there are new developments with buffer legislation and a Vikings linebacker expressed his support for ethanol. All of that, and more, in this week’s legislative update, so let’s get right to it:

Buffers
Let’s start this legislative update off the way we start most updates: With news about buffer legislation.

The House had two committee hearings on buffer legislation last week, one in the environment committee and one in the agriculture committee.

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Legislative update: Buffers, cover crops, pollinators and GMO labeling

The Minnesota legislative session is moving right along, including several items that impact Minnesota’s corn farmers. Here’s an update on a few items that came up last week and will be coming up this week:

State

  • A bill authored by Sen. Rod Skoe that would alter the new buffer law advanced to the Senate Environment Committee. It’s companion bill on the House side, carried by Rep. Paul Torkelson, is set to be heard on Wednesday in the House Environment Committee.

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