Category: Policy


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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Biofuels to have role in state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Gov. Walz addresses the crowd at the Thalmann farm prior to signing an executive order forming the biofuels council.

In mid-September, Gov. Tim Walz visited the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann to announce the formation of a biofuels council tasked with promoting the use of renewable fuels in Minnesota. Shortly after the announcement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation released a report detailing how biofuels will be part of a larger plan to reduce carbon emissions.

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Comments detail efforts by corn farmers to protect Minnesota River

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association submitted comments in response to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s recent reports detailing the health of the Minnesota River. The comments detailed on-farm efforts in place today to protect the long-term health of the river, as well as recommendations to promote best practices on the farm.

The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report, released earlier this year, details the Minnesota River’s declining health due to rising sediment, higher flows and eroding fields and streambanks,

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Grassroots efforts demand action in response to EPA waivers

The power of grassroots efforts came through last week when Minnesota’s corn farmers submitted more than 700 comments, over 300 to both President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding actions are taken to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The passionate response from the ag community followed news in late July that the EPA would approve 31 small refinery waivers, removing an additional 1.43 billion gallons of U.S. biofuels from the nation’s supply.

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MCGA Director Harold Wolle stresses trade in Farmfest forum

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A panel of national farm leaders at Farmfest last week spoke with unanimity about farmers’ need to take an aggressive, and ultimately optimistic approach to trade in order to survive the body blow of trade disputes with China.

“Corn growers’ number one priority is increasing the demand for corn,” said Harold Wolle, a farmer in St. James, Minnesota. “We need to keep after trade.”

Wolle is a board member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and also serves on the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.

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Minnesota Corn returns to Farmfest, where trade took center stage

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association returned to Gilfillan Estate last week for Farmfest 2019. The annual event was another great opportunity for MCGA staff, directors and corn grower members to meet with Minnesota farmers, elected officials and more.

Thousands of farmers came to the Minnesota Corn tent to learn the many ways “MN Corn Grows MN” and try some sweet corn ice cream. In addition to catching up on the latest in research,

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USDA announces second round of trade support for farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released county payment rates for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) today. Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann released the following statement:

“The state’s corn farmers appreciate the quick rollout of the MFP program and USDA’s efforts to better reflect the impact of ongoing trade disputes. While we look forward to learning more about the program, Minnesota’s corn farmers continue to prioritize long-term solutions supporting corn farmers,

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Minnesota Corn advocates for top priorities in Washington

(Chief Agricultural Negotiator Greg Doud met with Minnesota Corn directors)

Minnesota Corn farmer leaders spent last week in Washington D.C. meeting with fellow directors from other state organizations and spending time on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegations, agriculture committee leaders and key federal agencies to advocate for policy priorities important to all Minnesota corn famers.

While in Washington, farmer leaders participated in Corn Congress sessions with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

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