Chat with leading researchers about corn farmer-funded projects at EXPO

(Brock Olson will be one of five Innovation Grant participants at MN Ag EXPO on Jan. 22)

Leading researchers will return to MN Ag EXPO Jan. 22 and 23 to showcase their projects bringing new levels of innovation to modern farm practices and expanding markets for corn. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the research supported by the corn check-off from the researchers leading each project.

On Tuesday,

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E15: Act Now!

Final RVO rule falls short of protecting the RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations rule, setting renewable fuel volume requirements for the upcoming year. The final rule uses a three-year average of the Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers as an estimate for 2020 waivers rather than an average of actual gallons waived by the EPA, as advocated for by corn farmers and biofuel producers

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Les Anderson released the following statement in response to today’s rule:

“In the more than 350 comments submitted by Minnesota’s corn farmers to the EPA,

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MCGA president pushes for USMCA ratification in Washington

(MCGA President Les Anderson was joined by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross in a meeting with Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson)

Update (12/19): The U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by 385-41 vote. The Senate is expected to vote on the agreement in early 2020.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Les Anderson traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to meet with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation to stress the importance of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) ratification.

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Minnesota Corn highlights corn farmer-supported research with podcast

Each month, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be releasing a podcast that highlights research supported through corn farmers’ investment in the check-off. Each episode will feature researchers discussing projects that identify new uses for corn and improve on-farm practices. The podcast is produced in partnership with Brownfield Ag News and hosted by Mark Dorenkamp.

The inaugural episode features Will Northrop, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s department of mechanical engineering.

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Innovation Grant Program proposals are due Dec. 31

The deadline to apply to be part of the Innovation Grant Program and receive funds to put your conservation idea into action is Dec. 31. Farmers are eligible for up to $7,000 in funding to lead a project that increases sustainability on the farm.

In its fifth year, the Innovation Grant Program has widened its focus for farmer-led innovation. Last year, the program expanded to accept solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water.

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