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Legislative Update: Important bills start to move in session

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

The Minnesota Legislature convened about a month ago, and the first few weeks of session have been filled with overviews for committee members on relevant policies, state agency programs and other publicly funded programs that will be examined in the coming months.

The major work for the 91st Legislature in 2019 will be finalizing a two-year state budget.

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Petersen announced as next Commissioner of Agriculture

Governor-elect Tim Walz announced the appointment of Thom Petersen as the next Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture earlier today. Currently government relations director for Minnesota Farmers Union, Petersen will succeed Dave Frederickson, who was appointed commissioner by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011.

Following today’s announcement, Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Brian Thalmann released the following statement:

“The state’s corn growers would like to congratulate Thom Petersen on his appointment to commissioner of agriculture.

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Groundwater Protection Rule adoption delayed till after 2019 legislative session

In an Oct. 2 article, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) updated readers on a procedural decision involving the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. At that time, the Office of Administrative Hearings issued an Order determining that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) had demonstrated the need for and reasonableness of most of the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule (also known as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule).

The Order did determine a few portions of the proposed rule were defective and should be disapproved.

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Ag & Food Summit tackles top-of-mind topics for state’s corn growers

The Minnesota Ag & Food Summit, hosted by AgriGrowth, returned last week with a lineup of engaging speakers who tackled top-of-mind-topics for the state’s corn growers. The future farm economy, trade policy and the post-election landscape all took center stage in Minneapolis last Thursday.

Jason Henderson, who is an associate dean at Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, kicked off the conference with a presentation that underlined the importance of identifying areas of emerging demand.

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Sen. Smith visits Cannon Falls corn farm to discuss issues impacting farmers

U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Les Anderson in Cannon Falls to discuss the issues impacting the state’s corn growers. The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

Anderson, joined by his wife Jeannie,

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Minnesota Corn in the news

From co-hosting Tuesday’s Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate to President Trump’s long-awaited announcement on year-round E15 sales, it has been a busy week in the corn world, and the media have taken notice. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders have had an opportunity to participate in a number of interviews with Minnesota print, radio and television outlets.

Here is a quick rundown of where you may have noticed MCGA in the news:

On Tuesday,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association requests candidate support for Buffer Property Tax Credit

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association sent a letter to candidates for Governor and the Minnesota House of Representatives requesting their support for the Buffer Property Tax Credit to address the unfairness of continuing to tax farmland converted to buffers at a tax level that assumes those acres are still producing crops and revenue.

In an effort led by MCGA, the Buffer Property Tax Credit was introduced during the 2018 legislative session not to challenge the Minnesota Buffer Law,

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MCGA, WCCO Radio to co-host Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate on Oct. 9

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has partnered with WCCO Radio and Minnesota AgriGrowth to host the Greater Minnesota Debate, with gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz. The debate will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Willmar, and will be broadcast live on WCCO Radio.

The debate between Hennepin County Commissioner Johnson and Congressman Walz will focus on issues impacting rural Minnesota and its vital ag sector.

Corn farmers and MCGA understand the importance of reinforcing the value of agriculture in our state,

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MCGA to co-host Greater Minnesota gubernatorial debate

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is proud to partner with WCCO Radio and Minnesota AgriGrowth to host the Greater Minnesota Debate, featuring gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Wilmar, and will be broadcasted live on WCCO Radio.

The debate between Hennepin County Commissioner Johnson and Congressman Walz will focus on issues impacting rural Minnesota, including its vital ag sector.

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MN corn growers focus on efforts that strengthen ag sector

Minnesota’s farms and agribusinesses play a vital role in rural communities and the overall economic well-being of our state. To strengthen the ag sector, Minnesota corn farmers are funding research that shapes its future, building new markets for homegrown commodities, promoting the importance of agriculture to consumers, and advocating at the Capitol.

Through their investment in the corn check-off, Minnesota’s corn growers support nearly $4 million annually in research that identifies opportunities for both corn farmers and their peers in agriculture.

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