Category: Policy

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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MCGA to Gov. Dayton: Please sign the recently-passed tax bill into law

A tax bill passed during the recently-concluded legislative session contains much-needed property tax relief for Minnesota farmers. Gov. Dayton has yet to sign the tax bill. Below is a letter sent to Gov. Dayton from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Noah Hultgren. The letter was sent on behalf of MCGA’s 7,200 members.

Dear Governor Mark Dayton –

On behalf of Minnesota Corn’s over 7,200 members, we respectfully ask that you sign into law the omnibus tax bill passed at the end of session by the legislature.

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Answering farmers' questions about Minnesota's Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan

HarvestHave you read the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 143-page Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan yet?

You haven’t? Well, what are you waiting for?

Just kidding. We don’t blame you if you think the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan is a little intimidating. It’s in-depth, it’s technical and it’s 143 pages. Who has the time to read a 143-page document these days?

However, the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan is something all Minnesota corn farmers should familiarize themselves with.

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Legislative Update: What farmers need to know about the recently completed session

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

Another Minnesota legislative session has come and gone. Like other recent sessions, this one featured a flurry of activity toward the end, resulting in some bills getting passed, and some left on the table unfinished.

Let’s take a quick look at some key items from this legislative session that Minnesota corn farmers should be aware of:

Property tax relief
The No.

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Reaction to EPA's 2017 RFS proposal

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule to set Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. EPA proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 18.8 billion gallons, including 14.8 billion for corn ethanol.

The numbers are an increase from 2016 RVO levels, but still fall short of the numbers set by Congress in the RFS, which is legislation that sets annual targets for the amount of cleaner-burning biofuels like corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

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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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