Mexico, Canada trade continues to grow, despite uncertainty

(Granjas Carroll, the second-largest pork producer in Mexico, was one of a number of Mexican trade delegations that recently visited Minnesota)

Despite uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), trade between Canada and Mexico flourished during the 2018/2019 marketing year. Both countries set new records for purchases of grain from American suppliers, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

Trade continues to grow with both countries thanks in large part to the market access provided by the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Resolutions deadline approaches

County corn organization directors will come together on Dec. 4 in Willmar for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association pre-resolutions session. The annual event is a great demonstration of grassroots engagement as county organizations come together to address the issues impacting corn farmers.

Pre-resolutions packets were delivered to directors earlier this month. The names of attending county delegates and proposed resolutions are due Friday, Nov. 22. Resolutions will also be accepted on the day of the event.

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Corn farmers use grassroots efforts to demand EPA commits to the RFS

Minnesota’s corn farmers have made their voice heard in response to actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that have undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). To date, hundreds have submitted comments demanding the EPA accounts for the billions of ethanol gallons removed from the nation’s fuel supply due to refinery exemptions.

Haven’t had a chance to submit your comments? The deadline to demand the EPA starts following the law set by the RFS is Nov.

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Northfield farmer uses Innovation Grant to test precision ag services

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Sam Peterson’s farm in Northfield includes a variety of soil types, with sand, loam and clay all represented on his acres.

This soil diversity makes Peterson’s farm the perfect place to test variable rate technology (VRT)—a suite of precision agriculture tools that help farmers better manage seed and fertilizer inputs by only utilizing what is needed for each particular part of a field.

Peterson’s proposal to test each VRT program was accepted through the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program,

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Peru trade group explores DDGS in Minnesota

A team of buyers and nutritionists from Peru’s livestock industries visited Minnesota last week to learn about the distiller’s dried grains (DDGS) production process and usage in poultry and cattle diets.

Organized in partnership with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the all-inclusive tour brought the group from the corn farm to the ethanol plant to the livestock farm and feed mills.

Already a top-five importer of American corn,

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