Making their voices heard: Legislative reception connects corn farmers and policymakers

Over 40 state legislators, staff, and agency leaders talked farming, biofuels and agriculture policy with corn farmers at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) legislative reception in St. Paul on Wednesday.

The annual reception is an opportunity for corn farmers to connect with policymakers in an informal setting and help develop a better understanding of the challenges faced by farmers.

“The reception is another way to make sure the voices of corn farmers are being heard,”

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Minnesota farm machinery repair and warehouse taxes repealed

It took a little longer than expected. And, of course, it included some political drama near the end of the process. But the Minnesota legislature finally repealed new taxes it enacted last session on farm machinery repairs and warehouse storage.

The bill, which includes several other tax relief provisions outside of the agriculture sector, was passed by the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday and signed by Governor Dayton not long after.

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And the survey says: Comparing young farmers, Minnesota corn farmers survey results

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently released results from its annual outlook survey of participants in its national Young farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program. Let’s take a minute and compare some of the YF&R survey results with results from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) recent survey of Minnesota corn farmers.

Top concerns

  • Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the No. 1 concern of respondents to the YF&R survey.
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Students: Here's why you should apply to become a MCGA "Agvocate"

Applications are being accepted through April 18 to become an “Agvocate” for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Agvocates receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used for qualified education expenses, and will develop leadership skills while receiving first-hand experience working on issues important to corn farmers and advocating for agriculture.

For more details, including application materials, click here.

If you’re enrolled in a two- or four-year post secondary education or training program,

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Minnesota corn farmers featured in recent media stories

A couple of Minnesota corn farmers were recently featured Corn & Soybean Digest and in the AgStar Today publication.

Bruce Peterson farms in Northfield and is the vice president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Corn and Soybean Digest asked Bruce what practiced has improved his return on investment. Bruce talked about both the environmental and potential yield benefits of split-applying nitrogen.

It’s hard to do side-by-side yield comparisons of all preplant versus split applications.

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