Farm Bill: We're getting close (for real this time…probably)

House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a new five-year farm bill late Monday night that ends direct payments, strengthens crop insurance and trims nutrition programs (food stamps) by about 1 percent.

Under the new farm bill, growers would have the choice between traditional price supports or insurance-like protection against a drop in revenue. For more details, click here.

The House is expected to vote on the new farm bill,

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Minnesota corn farmers put their support for the RFS in writing

This is our final plea reminder: You have about 36 hours left to let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) know how damaging its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline would be to farmers, rural communities and our wallets.

EPA is accepting public comments until 10:59 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, Jan. 28. If you haven’t submitted comments yet, you can do so by clicking here.

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Corn Links: Corn farmers keep fighting to preserve the RFS

Minnesota corn farmers are getting support from throughout the state and in Washington D.C. as they work to convince the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ditch it’s damaging proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

Below are a selection of stories about the fight to preserve the RFS that have appeared in Minnesota media outlets. You have until Jan. 28 to submit your own comments to EPA about its misguided RFS proposal.

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Minnesota well-represented at RFS Hearing in Des Moines, IA

A wave of farmers, business owners and renewable fuels supporters made the trek to Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday to take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

“Hearing in the Heartland” was organized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt after EPA refused to hold a public hearing on its RFS proposal in Iowa,

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Klobuchar, Franken and other leaders rally support for the RFS

Whether they’re in the White House meeting with President Obama or at the Bushmills Ethanol plant in Atwater, Minn. meeting with farmers, Minnesota’s top elected leaders are fighting hard to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“This proposal is wrong for our state and it’s wrong for America,” U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar told a room full of farmers and renewable fuels supporters on Monday at the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville, Minn.

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