What to consider prior to Mar. 15 ARC/PLC deadline

The below includes contributions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

All farm producers with interest in the cropland must make a unanimous election in 2019 of either ARC-CO or PLC on a crop-by-crop basis; or ARC-IC for all covered commodity base acres on a farm. This election will apply to the farm for 2019 through 2023. Program election changes are permitted in crop years 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Failure to make a valid election in 2019 will result in a continuation of the program elected for 2014 through 2018 crop years for all covered commodities with base acres on the farm;

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Biofuels, tax policy headline 2020 legislative priorities

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

Today the second session of the 91st Minnesota Legislature convened. In the second year of a biennium, the legislative session usually has a focus on capital investment or public works projects and policy initiatives.

Last year, the Legislature adopted a two-year budget for the state but after the February forecast, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are expected to submit a supplemental budget request.

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County scholarships open to future ag leaders

County corn grower associations throughout Minnesota are offering scholarships to local students interested in a career in agriculture.

To apply to any of the below, visit mncorn.org/scholarships, select your home county and fill out the online application:

  • Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers Scholarship
    • Who qualifies: High school seniors residing in Nobles County pursuing a degree in an ag or bio-science related field.
    • Due date: March 6
  • Norman County Corn &
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Grain bin safety must be a year-round focus

Grain bin safety is a top-of-mind focus for corn farmers year-round, whether it is during the long hours of harvest or now when one may need to loosen up frozen corn. Regardless, it is a farm duty that comes with major risks.

Bridged grain prevents grain flow, hiding pockets of air in the grain, and farmers trying to break up bridged grain can quickly fall through due to the instability. Grain being emptied from the bin acts like quicksand with the ability to engulf in seconds and suffocate—the leading cause of death in storage bins.

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Minnesota ethanol sales again break records in 2019

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’ year-end report on ethanol-blended fuels again showed building momentum for E15 at the pump.

More than 78 million gallons of ethanol were sold in Minnesota last year, shattering the previous record high of 59.4 million gallons set in 2018. The 2019 total is more than a 300-percent increase from 2017 when a little more than 19 million gallons of E15 were sold at the pump.

Retailers offering E15 also rose in 2019,

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