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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.

Taxes

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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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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