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MN Capitol

State elections bring major changes to St. Paul

The 2018 midterm elections came and went Tuesday with near-record voter turnout for a midterm election. Nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans voted, and with a nearly 64 percent turnout, it was the highest midterm turnout since 2002.

While many observed that the 2016 election was a year when rural areas around the country had exerted more clout, the 2018 election in Minnesota was largely the result of a “suburban wave.” For example, voter turnout in Hennepin County was 77 percent,

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MCGA now accepting applications for 2019 Internship Program

Are you a full-time college student who is interested in gaining valuable exposure to the many different aspects of Minnesota agriculture? The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is currently seeking qualified candidates for its 2019 Internship Program to help with educational and outreach programs, communications, member engagement and office operations.

In the paid role, interns will gain valuable experience in communications, whether it is developing content for the website or contributing to MCGA’s different social channels.

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40 Square expands health insurance options for farmers, agribusinesses

Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses will again have the option to enroll in health plans offered through 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, an agricultural health plan co-op providing access to self-funded health insurance. After more than 1,000 individuals enrolled in the program last year, 40 Square will be expanding its health plans in 2019.

40 Square now offers seven health plans, including Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible plans and a new high deductible plan featuring low monthly premiums.

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Brian Thalmann

MCGA elects president, officers for 2018-2019

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Brian Thalmann as its president for 2018-2019. Thalmann is a fifth-generation farmer from Plato who grows corn and soybeans. He was elected to the MCGA board in 2012.

Les Anderson, who farms in Cannon Falls, was elected vice president. Courtland farmer Tim Waibel was elected treasurer, and Bryan Biegler, who farms in Lake Wilson, was elected secretary.

All will begin their one-year terms on Oct.

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Meet Tanner Sanborn, MCGA’s new district field manager

By Tanner Sanborn, Minnesota Corn Growers Association district field manager

My name is Tanner Sanborn and I am the new district field manager for southeastern Minnesota, otherwise known as Field District 5 (See the list below for my specific counties). I grew up on a farm outside of Mazeppa and have lived and worked in Southeast Minnesota for most of my life.

Agriculture has also been a big part of my life growing up and in my career to date.

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Indonesian embassy takes two day journey through MN farm country

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) had the opportunity to serve as the guide for the Indonesian embassy on a tour of southern Minnesota farm country. The two-day journey brought the group to family corn farms, agricultural businesses, and a co-op to demonstrate the quality and breadth of Minnesota’s ag sector.

Members of the Indonesia delegation included Republic of Indonesia Consul General Rosmalawati Chalid and Agriculture Attache Rindayuni Triavini, along with other representatives from the Southeast Asia country.

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Harold Wolle

MCGA Chairman Wolle seeks NCGA Corn Board position

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member Harold Wolle is running for a position on the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board. Wolle is one of seven candidates vying for a position on the Corn Board, which will be voted on at Corn Congress next week (July 18-19).

Now in his seventh year serving on the MCGA board, Wolle hopes to join the Corn Board as it works to overcome hurdles and continue building corn demand,

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Pace of trade talks reach uncharted territory for nation’s ag sector

Each day has brought a new development in the world of trade. And while trade disputes aren’t new, the current pace and the number of contentious conversations happening concurrently is uncharted territory even for trade policy experts.

In his tenure with the U.S. Grains Council, President and CEO Tom Sleight can’t remember a time when the pace has been so rapid in global trade discussions.

“There has certainly been a paradigm shift in how everything is happening at the same time,” Sleight said.

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Minnesota corn farmers take proactive approach to water quality

In fall 2016, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and its grower leaders announced an ambitious goal to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation. A major part of that goal is to continuously improve the measures implemented by farmers to protect nearby waterways.

Minnesota’s corn growers are investing in research and education to better manage their use of nitrogen fertilizer. Since 2014, Minnesota’s 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 to reduce nitrate loss in water.

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MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Tax bills take center stage

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

Three weeks remain in the 2018 Minnesota legislative session and there is still a lot of work to do before lawmakers adjourn. Taxes and supplemental finance bills were the focus in St. Paul last week and will be again this week.


The House tax bill, HF 4385, was heard in committee and considered by the full House of Representatives on April 30.

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