U of M webinar series focuses on research-based crop management

University of Minnesota Extension is releasing a five-part webinar covering a wide variety of research-based crop production information. Set to debut on Dec. 19, the “Strategic Farming – Optimizing Management for 2020” series will feature University of Minnesota specialists and educators addressing key management topics.

Each of the below will take place live at the designated time, providing an opportunity for farmers to ask questions. Each session will also be recorded and available for later viewing.

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MCGA submits comments calling for EPA to follow the law

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking biofuel gallons waived through small refinery exemptions are accurately accounted for under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Submitted in response to the EPA’s supplemental proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), the comments focused on the proposed methodology to account for waived biofuel gallons.

Currently, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers.

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$5,000 MCGA scholarship returns for future ag leaders

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is again providing two statewide scholarships for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders.

For the second year, MCGA will offer a $5,000 scholarship to two students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2020 semester. The deadline to apply for the statewide scholarship is Jan. 31, 2020.

MCGA scholarship applicants must be a Young Adult Member of MCGA who is working toward a degree in an agriculture-related field.

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Farmers must make crop insurance decision before Dec. 10

A challenging harvest has produced unique crop insurance issues for farmers most impacted by early snow and sustained rain, according to Ryan Buck, a crop insurance agent with Lakeshore Agency in Goodhue.

Farmers who are concerned about loss have until Dec. 10 to file their claim. For farmers who still expect to harvest their crop in 2019, Buck recommends they reach out to their insurance agent as soon as possible if harvest activity may extend past the deadline.

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500-plus auto technicians receive ethanol education in 2019

Old school thought and the same tired myths pushed by anti-ethanol groups continues to spread doubt about the safety of ethanol-blended fuels. Fuel consulting company MEG Corp sets out to address those misconceptions with an influential group—auto mechanics.

With support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), MEG Corp Founder Hoon Ge has been traveling to technical schools to present a fuel-focused curriculum for more than seven years. During the 2018-2019 school year,

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