Tag: Farm Bill

Setting the stage for profitability: Political engagement

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.

The legislative session is underway, as policy makers convene in St.

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Harold Wolle

MCGA chairman seeks Corn Board position in 2018

Written by Harold Wolle

My name is Harold Wolle. I am a member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors, and I will be seeking a position on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board in 2018. I will be attending Commodity Classic next week, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person. But first, I would like to tell you a little about myself.

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MN Senator Tina Smith appointed to Senate Ag Committee

(Senator Tina Smith discusses conservation practices with Harold Wolle on his Madelia farm)

Shortly after officially taking her seat on the United States Senate, Tina Smith was appointed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry earlier this week. The appointment means Senator Smith will play a key role in 2018 farm bill negotiations in addition to other legislation affecting the state’s 24,000-plus corn farmers.

Smith, who formerly was the lieutenant governor for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton,

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Commodity Classic 2017

Commodity Classic 2017 draws thousands

Commodity Classic 2017 is well underway this week in San Antonio. The annual event, held March 2-4 this year, is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention bringing together the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for meetings and more.

The show attendance for 2017 is estimated to be at more than 9,000 individuals, with at least 4,000 of those attendees being farmers.

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Minnesota Harvest

Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill Tour

On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.

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Farmers: Remember to complete NASS surveys

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in your mailbox soon—and it’s very important that you take the time to complete it.

The number of farmers completing the NASS survey has been declining in recent years, and that’s bad news for farmers. Survey results are important in determining the implementation of farm payments and programs—from the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program (county option) to the Price Loss Coverage Program—even farm appraisals.

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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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This week’s ag update from the Minnesota state capitol

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Public Policy Director

I’m back after spending the last week in Washington D.C. and Phoenix on a very interesting MARL trip and another productive Commodity Classic, respectively.

While I was away, the Minnesota legislature learned that the budget surplus is now projected to be $1.89 billion, an increase of $832 million over the November forecast. That’s certainly good news as the March 20 first committee deadline approaches.

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USDA extends deadline to update base acres or yield history and other news from Commodity Classic

The 20th annual Commodity Classic is underway in Phoenix and several Minnesota Corn Growers Association grower-leaders are in attendance. Here is a quick summary of some of the corn-centric news to come out of Classic so far:

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will provide a one-time extension to farmers for the new safety-net programs (known as ARC and PLC) established in the 2014 farm bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended from Feb.

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Belgrade farmer, Golden Kernel award winner, reflects about serving on MCGA board

It’s hard for John Mages to pinpoint a single accomplishment he’s most proud of during his nine years serving on the MCGA board of directors. But if he had to pick one thing, he’d go with finally getting a new farm bill passed in early 2014.

“It took a long time to finish that farm bill,” Mages said. “But we needed it and we finally got it done.”

Mages retired from the MCGA board in January after serving three terms covering nine years,

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