MCGA submits comments calling for EPA to follow the law

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking biofuel gallons waived through small refinery exemptions are accurately accounted for under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Submitted in response to the EPA’s supplemental proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), the comments focused on the proposed methodology to account for waived biofuel gallons.

Currently, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers.

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$5,000 MCGA scholarship returns for future ag leaders

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is again providing two statewide scholarships for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders.

For the second year, MCGA will offer a $5,000 scholarship to two students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall 2020 semester. The deadline to apply for the statewide scholarship is Jan. 31, 2020.

Select your home county and apply here.

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Farmers must make crop insurance decision before Dec. 10

A challenging harvest has produced unique crop insurance issues for farmers most impacted by early snow and sustained rain, according to Ryan Buck, a crop insurance agent with Lakeshore Agency in Goodhue.

Farmers who are concerned about loss have until Dec. 10 to file their claim. For farmers who still expect to harvest their crop in 2019, Buck recommends they reach out to their insurance agent as soon as possible if harvest activity may extend past the deadline.

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500-plus auto technicians receive ethanol education in 2019

Old school thought and the same tired myths pushed by anti-ethanol groups continues to spread doubt about the safety of ethanol-blended fuels. Fuel consulting company MEG Corp sets out to address those misconceptions with an influential group—auto mechanics.

With support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), MEG Corp Founder Hoon Ge has been traveling to technical schools to present a fuel-focused curriculum for more than seven years. During the 2018-2019 school year,

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MCGA’s Thalmann named to Governor’s Biofuels Council

(The executive order establishing the Governor’s Biofuels Council was signed on the Thalmann farm in September)

Minnesota Corn Growers Association board member Brian Thalmann was named to the Governor’s Biofuels Council by Gov. Tim Walz on Friday. In the role, Thalmann will represent Minnesota’s corn farmers in the shared mission to expand the use of biofuels in our state.

Thalmann is a corn and soybean farmer from Plato,

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