Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations disappoint corn farmers

As part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) last week. While the proposed rule maintains 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol, it did not reallocate or account for the billions of gallons of renewable fuels lost due to refinery exemptions.

The minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2020 was 20.04 billion gallons. Conventional biofuels will remain at 15 billion gallons of that total next year.

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MCGA to advocate for federal priorities in Washington

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) directors will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with fellow corn farmer leaders from other states during National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Congress. During the meeting, corn farmer leaders will gather to debate grassroots resolutions that will determine federal positions on policy impacting corn famers.

Minnesota Corn directors will also spend time on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, agriculture committee leadership,

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The latest farm research showcased at U of M Field Day

(Professor Jeff Coulter discusses the latest in corn agronomy at the field day)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The annual Agronomy Field Tour at the University of Minnesota Southern Outreach and Research Center in Waseca brought out University of Minnesota researchers to discuss the latest research impacting on-farm practices. Here are some highlights:

Nitrogen rates

Assistant Professor Fabian Fernandez presented the latest work on nitrogen rates.

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Corn’s pivotal role in supporting rural Minnesota

The “MN Corn Grows MN” campaign was launched to share information with all Minnesotans about the impact of corn farming on the overall growth of the state. In Greater Minnesota, that impact can be seen in the vital role corn farming plays in supporting rural communities.

Exports of Minnesota-grown corn produced more than $400 million in gross regional product for the state in 2018, with corn crop value totaling more than $4.6 billion.

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The latest on Prevented Planting, Disaster Aid, and Trade Assistance

Farmers nationwide have been impacted by poor weather, low prices and trade disruption. Crop insurance, disaster assistance and trade assistance payments will help farmers survive what has been a challenging 2019 crop season, but many questions still exist around what each will entail.

Prevented Planting

Farmers who were prevented from planting a crop will receive a portion of their crop insurance guarantee without the benefit of the harvest price option. For corn,

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