Tag: Trade

The 2018 farm bill is revealed, passes in House and Senate

Update: The U.S House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the 2018 farm bill, which now awaits President Trump’s signature. Below is a statement from Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann on the farm bill’s passage:

“Minnesota’s corn growers thank the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees for their work to complete a farm bill this year and members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation for their support of the bill. The full protection of crop insurance,

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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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Global upside for ethanol and DDGS evident at Export Exchange 2018

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

New developments in the United States, including possible year-round sales of E15, and plans to reduce carbon emissions around the world could add upwards of 20 billion gallons of ethanol demand in the next decade.

One place where this future was being actively brought to fruition was the biennial conference called the Export Exchange, a global marketing conference for grains and bioenergy organized by the U.S.

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Senate candidate Karin Housley visits corn farm to discuss issues impacting growers

U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley traveled to the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Les Anderson on Monday morning. Housley, who currently serves in the Minnesota Senate representing District 39, spent the morning discussing issues impacting the state’s corn growers while enjoying a combine ride and a tour of the Cannon Falls farm.

Housley’s visit was organized as part of 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.

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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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Walz, Feehan visit Courtland farm to discuss issues impacting corn farmers

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz and First Congressional District candidate Dan Feehan visited the Courtland farm of Tim Waibel Friday to discuss issues corn farmers are facing in the First District and all of Minnesota.

The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign, 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.

Upon arrival,

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NAFTA agreement brings much-needed certainty to Minnesota corn farmers

Late Sunday, the United States, Canada and Mexico reached an agreement in principle on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), renamed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The news was met with praise by Minnesota farmers.

“While we are still evaluating its benefit to American agriculture, this week’s agreement is a much-needed positive development for Minnesota corn farmers and their families,” Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann said. “Both Mexico and Canada have become vital trade partners under NAFTA,

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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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NCGA President Skunes reflects on year of highs and lows

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council welcomed National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Kevin Skunes to its joint board meeting last week. For Skunes, it was an opportunity to recap what was a tumultuous year for NCGA as it worked to overcome federal issues impacting the nation’s corn farmers.

Skunes, who farms in Arthur, N.D., said when his one-year term started last October he envisioned the farm bill would occupy the majority of his efforts.

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Market Facilitation Program now open for recipients of trade aid

As of Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is providing direct payments to farmers who have been negatively impacted by recently imposed foreign tariffs. To ensure a smooth application process, all producers are encouraged to follow a few recommendations.

MFP sign-up began on Sept. 4, with farmers having until Jan. 15 to apply for payment. The September timeframe was intended for pork and dairy producers who qualify for aid, with crop producers applying later in the fall after harvest to spread out requests and not overload county offices.

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