Tag: MN Legislature

MN ag leaders promote the importance of free trade

AgriGrowth held its annual meeting last week in the Twin Cities, bringing together representatives from agriculture and the food systems industry. With the renegotiation of NAFTA front-of-mind for many in the ag sector, the meeting kicked off with a panel session on trade and what is at stake for U.S. agriculture.

The panel featured Devry Boughner Vorwerk, vice president of global corporate affairs at Cargill, Jeff Nawn, global grain trade and biotech affairs lead for DuPont Pioneer,

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Gubernatorial candidates continue harvest corn farm visits

The second half of corn farm visits by 2018 candidates for Minnesota governor is in the books, with four candidates concluding our tour of farms to discuss the importance of agriculture. In the second half of visits, topics ranged from healthcare, to buffers, to property taxes, and more. While candidates varied in their experience on the farm, all came ready to discuss how they can help the state’s 24,000 corn growers.

Each candidate walked away with a unique experience that will help them make future decisions based on science and research,

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2017 Minnesota Session

Resolutions season is upon us

County corn organization directors received their pre-resolutions packet this week in preparation for upcoming meetings that will set the legislative priorities of the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

Directors received packets this week that included the 2017 Resolutions Book, information for counties to select their allotted delegates, and a form for counties to submit resolutions prior to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Pre-Resolutions Session held Dec. 5 in Mankato.

Counties that would like to submit a resolution to MCGA that addresses a major issue affecting the state’s corn growers should do so by Nov.

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U.S. Grains Council: Pace of NAFTA talks not unusual, but worth monitoring

The fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico ended earlier this month with little progress made in efforts to revamp the free trade agreement. The stalled negotiations have been a source of worry for farmers, who are understandably concerned about tariffs in a non-NAFTA world.

Not so fast, however, according to Thomas Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council.

Sleight said four rounds of negotiations with little progress is actually fairly normal in renegotiating a trade deal of this size.

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Co-op health plan offered to farmers, informational sessions scheduled

During the 2017 legislative session, the Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton approved a law that enabled farmers to form health care cooperatives to provide another option for farmers to help address rising health insurance premiums. The rule paved the way for 40 Square Cooperative Solutions to begin offering self-funded health plans to Minnesota farmers.

Farmers who are considered an “employer” with at least one common law employee and work in production agriculture are eligible.

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A week of farm visits for gubernatorial candidates

The first week of corn farm visits by 2018 candidates for Minnesota governor is in the books, with four candidates making it out to family farms to discuss the importance of agriculture. Topics ranged from healthcare, to buffers, to the technology found in the combine. Each candidate walked away with a better understanding of modern farms and the issues that are important to the state’s 24,000 corn farmers.

Invitations to gubernatorial candidates were extended earlier this summer as part of the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign,

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Minnesota gubernatorial candidates visit Minnesota corn farms

Representative Erin Murphy with MCGA board member Les Anderson in the first of many visits by gubernatorial candidates

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be hosting 2018 gubernatorial candidates on family farms throughout Minnesota beginning Friday in an effort to build a greater understanding of modern farm practices and develop relationships with candidates from both political parties.

Through the one-on-one farm experience, growers hope to foster conversation about farmers’ commitment to conservation,

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MCGA District Meetings set for November

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will host five district meetings around the state this November. These meetings are free and open to all farmers.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for farmers to become better acquainted with recent activities of MCGA, and learn what lies ahead for Minnesota agriculture. This year’s meetings will be especially important, as they’ll give farmers a chance to meet their local district field manager if they haven’t already.

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MCGA president joins state officials in Cuba trade mission

Last week Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle joined state officials and agricultural leaders in a trade mission to Cuba in an effort to develop the country as a market for corn exports. For Minnesota-grown corn, the trip was hopefully the beginning of many conversations to develop a trade relationship for the commodity.

Wolle, along with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, State Senator Julie Rosen and other representatives from ag commodity groups,

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Meet MCGA’s new senior public policy director

By Amanda Bilek

I recently joined the MN Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and will be serving as the Senior Public Policy Director. I am excited to be here and look forward to representing Minnesota corn farmers. In this role I will work closely with MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr and the board of directors to lead policy and strategy development for state and federal government affairs to advance the strategic goals of MCGA.

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