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Buffer Alternative Practices

MCGA: Proposed buffer law penalties for noncompliance are beyond excessive

The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) introduced a proposed amendment to the Administrative Penalty Order plan for Buffer Law implementation that would allow counties and watershed districts to assess penalties based on linear feet of non-compliant water body frontage. Posted on the BWSR website on April 2, comments are being requested on the proposed amendment through April 16.

Counties and watershed districts charged with enforcement of the Buffer Law would be able to choose if they would adopt this amended option for the Administrative Penalty Order.

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Ethanol Remains Under Fire – Act Now!

Thanks to farmers, President Trump and Members of Congress have been hearing a lot about how important the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) is to Minnesota farmers and rural America.

Unfortunately, the White House is still considering cutting a deal for oil refiners as soon as this coming Monday. And, in the meantime, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to take actions behind closed doors that benefit refiners at the expense of farmers.

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“MN Corn Grows MN” shares impact of corn, corn farming

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) launched the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign last summer to build connections with candidates for elected office and to encourage more dialogue about the impact of corn farming with all Minnesotans. Since, MCGA has brought eight gubernatorial candidates to family corn farms and met with numerous state legislators to discuss the issues important to the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

Over the coming months,

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MCGA board members advocate for a strong Farm Bill in Washington D.C.

(Minnesota Senator Tina Smith met with MCGA grower leaders and staff earlier this week)

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association senior public policy director 

Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) public policy efforts work at both the state and federal levels. Earlier this week, a group of MCGA board members traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for federal policy priorities. This advocacy was taking place at a time when uncertain U.S.

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Richard Syverson joins MCGA board of directors

Richard Syverson, who farms in Pope County near Clontarf, is one of the newest additions to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors. Syverson, who was a longtime MCGA regional representative prior to joining the board, will represent district four after being elected at MN Ag EXPO 2018 in January.

Syverson farms corn and soybeans, as well as feeds Holstein steers, on his 1,200 acre farm. He has farmed with his family for 38 years.

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Finding the ‘just right’ volume of cover crop growth

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How can farmers get the maximum benefit from cover crops in a corn-soybean operation? One scientist tackled the topic at the Fourth Annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference, held recently in St. Cloud.

Matt Ruark, an associate professor in soil fertility and nutrient management at the University of Wisconsin, has been looking at a number of cover crop species, including winter rye, spring barley and various clovers.

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Setting the stage for profitability: International markets

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.

More than one-third of Minnesota agricultural sales are exported out of the country,

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Another excellent Ag EXPO in the books

MN Ag EXPO 2018 came and went this week, as hundreds from the state’s ag sector gathered at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The two-day event featured a full trade show floor, some great exhibitors, an update on the political scene, and a productive Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) resolutions session and annual meeting. We will have more stories recapping the event in the coming weeks, but in the meantime here are a few highlights from the last two days.

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County annual meetings scheduled statewide

County annual meetings scheduled statewide

Throughout Minnesota, annual meeting season is upon us, as county corn organizations come together for an update on all that was accomplished in 2017, what to expect in the year ahead and of course an opportunity to enjoy some time with your fellow farmers.

The overall success of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is dependent on the participation of growers at the county level. We hope you are able to attend your county meeting,

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7 most-read stories for Minnesota’s corn growers

From regulations to exciting developments in the state’s ag sector, the last year has been a busy one for Minnesota’s corn growers. To recap the topics that caught your attention in 2017, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) put together the most read-stories from the MCGA blog.

Here are the seven most-popular posts from the past year:

  1. New tool helps farmers choose alternative practices to buffers: No surprise to most,

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