Keep farm safety top-of-mind this harvest season

The sound of the combine is in the air as harvest returns to Minnesota farm country. But as farmers work to beat the next round of rain (or worse, snow), it is imperative safety remains top-of-mind.

Here are some safety tips to review before the long hours begin:

  • Road safety: Ensure “Slow Moving Vehicle” signs on all farm equipment are large and observable for oncoming traffic. And double check that all lights,
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Middle East and African officials get up-close look at Minnesota-made ethanol

Fifteen Middle Eastern and African high-level officials visited Minnesota last week for a comprehensive tour of Minnesota’s ethanol industry. The group toured everything from the farm to the pump as they explore ethanol to meet biofuel goals in their home countries.

The delegation included members from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Jordan. Each traveled to Minnesota from Washington, D.C., where they attended the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Global Ethanol Summit.

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Anderson elected to serve as 2019-2020 MCGA president

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Les Anderson as its president for 2019-2020. His term began on Oct. 1.

Les Anderson

Anderson farms corn and soybeans in Cannon Falls. He was first elected to the MCGA board in 2012, and has previously served as vice president and treasurer. Anderson is also a member of the National Corn Growers Association Market Access Action Team, where he works with corn growers from around the country to build export markets.

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Minnesota United bring soccer skills to MN farm country

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association teamed up with the Minnesota United to host a sold-out youth soccer clinic in Minnesota farm country last month. Taking place at Farmington High School, the event brought together Greater Minnesota youth and United professional staff for an afternoon of building soccer skills.

In addition to the team’s trainers, United midfielder Lawrence Olum attended the clinic to chat with the kids in attendance about his career as a professional soccer player.

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Next steps following the Trump administration’s biofuel announcement

UPDATE (10/15): The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) today, detailing how the EPA will account for small refinery waivers in biofuel requirements.

The supplemental proposal states the EPA will account for future exemptions based only on recommendations by the Department of Energy (DOE), not the actual number of gallons waived under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA has ignored previous DOE recommendations on waivers in the last three compliance years.

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