Tag: MN Legislature

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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Get to know “A Greater Minnesota” and its vision for Minnesota agriculture

The following was authored by A Greater Minnesota, which is a coalition of organizations dedicated to good farms, food and jobs in the state. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is one of eight members supporting its mission to make Minnesota a leading state in agriculture. 

Through A Greater Minnesota (AGM), our goal is to make Minnesota a leading state in agriculture and a greater competitor in the global food economy.

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Corn’s pivotal role in supporting rural Minnesota

The “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign was launched to share information with all Minnesotans about the impact of corn farming on the overall growth of the state. In Greater Minnesota, that impact can be seen in the vital role corn farming plays in supporting rural communities.

Exports of Minnesota-grown corn produced more than $400 million in gross regional product for the state in 2017, with corn crop value totaling more than $4.5 billion.

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Legislative Update: Session ends with a lot to be decided (Updated)

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

Update: On May 23, Gov. Dayton vetoed the tax and budget bills. During his press conference, the Governor indicated he would make a decision on the bonding bill by the end of the week. MCGA is disappointed in the veto of the tax bill, but we will continue to communicate the importance of Section 179 conformity for Minnesota farmers and work to advance agricultural tax relief in future legislative sessions.

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MCGA: Enact the ag policy bill for the sensible legislation it is (Updated)

Update: A few hours after posting this blog, Governor Dayton vetoed the Agriculture Policy bill. MCGA is disappointed in Gov. Dayton’s decision to not enact this sensible bipartisan legislation.

 

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and its grower leaders have worked tirelessly throughout the Minnesota legislative session to advance important priorities for Minnesota corn farmers, including an agriculture policy bill that includes several broadly supported provisions to support agricultural production and Minnesota farm families.

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