Tag: EPA

Corn Congress brings growers to nation’s capital to advocate for top priorities

By Amanda Bilek, Minnesota Corn Growers Association Senior Public Policy Director

Last week the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) was in Washington D.C. with our fellow state corn organizations to participate in Corn Congress. Corn grower delegates and alternates from across the U.S. come together twice a year to debate and adopt new policy positions that make up the National Corn Growers Association policy book, which gives direction on federal policy positions.

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Census of Agriculture distributed to Minnesota farmers

The 2017 Census of Agriculture will begin hitting farmers’ mailboxes this week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture looks to update its information on land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.

Conducted once every five years, the Census of Agriculture is sent to approximately 3 million U.S. producers, including nearly 100,000 growers in Minnesota. Farmers are being asked to fill out the census questionnaire online using instructions found on the mailed portion or return it completed by mail.

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EPA sets final required renewable fuel volumes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule today that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Total renewable fuel volume as part of the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) is 19.29 billion gallons, which is relatively flat compared to 2017 volumes (19.28 billion gallons).

Of the 19.29 billion gallons, 15 billion gallons must come from conventional biofuels. Advanced and cellulosic biofuels, often made from dried distillers grains (DDGS) and corn residue,

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Al-Corn Clean Fuel

Biofuel supply to remain at 15 billion gallons in 2018

As part of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) yesterday, calling for maintaining the same level of conventional biofuels as 2017.

The minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2018 was 19.24 billion gallons. Conventional biofuels will remain at 15 billion gallons of that total next year. Advanced and cellulosic biofuels, often made from dried distillers grains (DDGS) and corn residue,

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MN House 2017

Legislative Update: Larger budget surplus drives tax reform talk

According to the Minnesota Management and Budget’s (MMB) February Forecast, which was issued on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the state is projected to have a slightly larger budget surplus than what was predicted back in November. As has been mentioned before, policymakers have been discussing a variety of ways to manage the budget surplus, now estimated at approximately $1.65 billion for the two-year budget cycle that begins July 1.

Tax relief measures are among the more popular proposals of how to allocate the surplus.

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2017 Legislative Update

Legislative update: Rural issues remain top of mind

Significant farm and rural issues are receiving considerable attention at the State Capitol and earlier committee deadlines this year are contributing to a faster pace of bill introductions and committee discussions. Here’s a quick update on some of the key issues of interest to corn farmers.

Water Quality

On Friday, Feb. 3, at the Minnesota Environmental Congress, Gov. Dayton announced that he wanted a “25 by 25” plan concerning Minnesota’s water resources – a 25-percent improvement in water quality by the year 2025.

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Coborn’s/‘Lil Dukes celebrates E15 with promotional events

A steady stream of customers pulled off the road from their afternoon commute on last Monday and drove up to the pumps at the Coborn’s/’Lil Dukes fueling station in Hastings to save money on ethanol-blended fuels.

Clean air experts from American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and Minnesota Corn Growers Association, answered motorists’ questions and asked them to fill out a survey to find out their attitudes about ethanol and where it fits in to their driving.

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Homegrown E15 fuel catching on with consumers

Fall in Minnesota means the leaves changing color, farmers harvesting their fields, comfortable weather and kids going back to school. It also means the return of E15 fuel – a cleaner-burning blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles 2001 and newer.

The benefits of using E15 include:

  • Cleaner air. According to a recent study by the Energy Resources Center, if just seven states switched to using E15 exclusively,

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Never stop speaking out: Here's our letter to the EPA on the the Renewable Fuel Standard

Ethanol fatigue is a real thing.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to try and tear apart the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), leaving exasperated corn farmers and supporters of clean, renewable, homegrown ethanol banging their heads against their desks and saying, “We gotta fight this battle all over again?”

Unfortunately, yes, we have to fight that battle all over again.

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA),

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Corn farmers: Time to make your voices heard on ethanol, atrazine and trade

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

Bad news: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again attempting to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of corn ethanol blended in our fuel supply. The EPA is also using faulty science in a risk assessment for atrazine, which could curb the availability and use of the effective herbicide. Finally, Congress has yet to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),

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