During the first few weeks of this year’s Legislative session, Republicans and Democrats worked quickly to pass a bipartisan bill to provide $326 million in premium relief to people who obtain their health insurance through the individual market exchange. When passing the bill, legislators and Gov. Dayton acknowledged that a more permanent solution was needed to avoid skyrocketing insurance premiums for 2018 and to ensure that insurance companies wouldn’t abandon the individual market. During March,
According to the Minnesota Management and Budget’s (MMB) February Forecast, which was issued on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the state is projected to have a slightly larger budget surplus than what was predicted back in November. As has been mentioned before, policymakers have been discussing a variety of ways to manage the budget surplus, now estimated at approximately $1.65 billion for the two-year budget cycle that begins July 1.
Tax relief measures are among the more popular proposals of how to allocate the surplus.
A legislative hearing last week focused on Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on protecting pollinators, specifically a section of the order that requires farmers to prove that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” before they can make foliar applications of neonictinoids. MDA is also requesting regulatory authority of treated seeds.
Brian Thalmann, a fifth-generation farmer near Plato, Minn., and a director on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association board, was the lone farmer to testify at the hearing.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the University of Minnesota share a longstanding partnership in the areas of research, conservation and economic impact. Once again in 2016-17, that partnership is extending to the football field and hockey rink.
In an effort to connect with a mostly non-farming audience, MCGA is partnering with Gopher Sports. The partnership includes radio spots during games, segment sponsorships, monetary donations focused on conservation and a corn-themed Zamboni.
Earlier today, Governor Dayton issued an executive order regarding the health of our pollinators in Minnesota. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) agrees with the governor that pollinators play a crucial role in the health of our agricultural economy and steps must be taken to ensure their continued health. Long term solutions that protect our pollinators and contribute to the sustainability of our farmers are something in which all Minnesotans have a stake.
Written by Anna Boroff, Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Another Minnesota legislative session has come and gone. Like other recent sessions, this one featured a flurry of activity toward the end, resulting in some bills getting passed, and some left on the table unfinished.
Let’s take a quick look at some key items from this legislative session that Minnesota corn farmers should be aware of:
Property tax relief
As farmers take to the fields for spring planting, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab are reminding farmers to keep their farms as pollinator-friendly as possible.
“By taking some simple precautions, farmers can continue making a big difference in protecting pollinating insects like bees and butterflies,” said Noah Hultgren, a farmer in Raymond, Minn., and President of MCGA.
Both MCGA and the Bee Lab recommend the following while planting:
- Minimize dust.