Tag: Farm Bill

With Senate and House versions passed, new optimism for 2018 farm bill

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

Earlier this year the road to passing a farm bill in 2018 seemed bleak, as controversial reforms brought a new level of contention between both political parties. But after the Senate passed their farm bill last week, we now have a version from both chambers to reconcile, producing cautious optimism. We offer a quick recap below on how the House and Senate farm bills stack up to Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) farm bill priorities.

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Farm Bill defeated in first House vote, but negotiations continue

Last week, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) called on its members to contact their United States representative and ask they vote against poison pill amendments that would potentially kill the 2018 farm bill. While the potentially disastrous amendments were defeated, the momentum was not enough to overcome Democratic opposition to pass the farm bill on the House floor Friday.

H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, otherwise known as the farm bill,

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Take Action Now: Stop amendments that would kill the 2018 farm bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is now debating H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018—also known as the farm bill. As part of this process, some very lethal amendments will receive a vote in the House this afternoon or tomorrow morning that would kill the 2018 farm bill if passed.

It is imperative Minnesota’s agricultural community contacts their representative and ask they help defeat the below poison pill amendments to preserve the farm bill:

  • Farm Policy Amendment #93: This amendment proposed by Tom McClintock (R-CA) eliminates the entire farm safety net,

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2018 farm bill off to a rocky, but not unprecedented start

It is expected the U.S. House of Representatives will soon approve its version of the 2018 farm bill, cuing up Senate Committee consideration the last week before the Memorial Day recess and full U.S. Senate action in June.

Of course, the best laid plans can (and do) go awry.

The House is moving a farm bill that largely reflects current law, with some improvements to Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC),

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Candidates to represent Minnesota’s 1st district visit corn farms

(Sen. Carla Nelson (left) visited the family farm of Brennen Toquam last week as part of MCGA candidate outreach)

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is hosting 2018 candidates for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district on family farms in southern Minnesota. Last week, candidates from both parties visited with MCGA grower leaders in an effort to build a greater understanding of modern farm practices and discuss the federal issues impacting Minnesota’s corn growers.

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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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