Category: Policy

USMCA passes Senate, China trade agreement signed

The nation’s corn farmers received positive trade news this week, as President Trump signed a phase one deal with China and the U.S. Senate passed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The developments are a desperately needed bright spot for farmers after six years of low prices impacted by trade uncertainty.

First, USMCA was easily approved by the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 89-10 in a bipartisan victory for corn farmers protecting two vital export markets.

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Low-interest financing available for on-site propane storage

Farmers interested in purchasing a liquefied petroleum tank to aid with grain drying during the winter months have access to low-interest financing through the Farm Service Agency.

The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program provides low-interest financing to farmers interested in upgrading storage facilities for their grain. Petroleum tanks are covered through the program for eligible commodities, which include grains.

Producers can receive a loan up to $50,000, secured by a promissory note/security agreement,

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USMCA agreement reached between Congress, White House

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) applauds today’s announcement that the White House and Congress are moving forward with the necessary legislative steps to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

MCGA President Les Anderson released the following statement in response:

“The news that the White House and Congress are moving toward passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a very positive step for Minnesota’s corn growers. Mexico and Canada represent the largest export market for American corn farmers today,

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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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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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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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Call-to-Action: Tell the EPA to finally account for actual gallons waived

Minnesota’s corn farmers must once again make their voice heard and demand the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) follows the law set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The Trump Administration announced in October that the EPA would finally replace ethanol gallons waived through refinery exemptions moving forward. Unfortunately once details were released on how that reallocation would happen, the nation’s corn farmers were greatly disappointed.

While the EPA will begin to account for waivers to keep the RFS whole,

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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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MCGA: Trump Admininstration announces positive first step to restore ethanol markets

President Donald Trump announced today he would be directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow the law set by the Renewable Fuel Standard and offset damage caused by the EPA’s actions to date.

Under the Trump administration, the EPA has removed more than four billion biofuel gallons from the nation’s fuel supply through small refinery exemptions that were issued at an unprecedented rate. Today’s announcement reopens the rulemaking for the 2020 RFS volumes to account for waivers in the volume requirements and outlines other actions that will promote higher blends of ethanol,

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