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Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) confirmed Wednesday that the USDA is making up to $16 million available to eligible groups and organizations to fund efforts to assist veterans and non-traditional farmers in Minnesota and across the country in getting into agriculture.   Sen.…


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a long-term approval last Friday for the insecticide sulfoxaflor— an effective tool to control challenging pests with fewer environmental impacts. After conducting an extensive risk analysis, including the review of one of the…


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio,…


With no accounting for refinery exemptions, the proposal rolls back RFS volumes, NBB says The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) and 2021 Biomass-based Diesel Volume, saying…


The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience are seeking applicants for the 2019-20 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and ASA, is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are…


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Six months after a court ruling delayed the implementation of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule (N Rule) through the 2019 legislative session, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced the regulation went into law effective June 24, and becomes enforceable in…


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The House Ways and Means Committee approved a broad tax bill June 20 that includes an extension of the biodiesel tax credit and incentives for biofuel infrastructure and wind power, but the legislation will face objections in the Republican-controlled Senate.…


Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019…


After two years as vice president, Jamie Beyer is stepping into the big chair. The Wheaton farmer was elected president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Wednesday during the organization’s quarterly meeting, replacing Michael Petefish. Beyer is the third…


This week, three Minnesota soybean farmers joined nearly 100 National Biodiesel Board (NBB) members in Washington, D.C. to take part in their semi-annual membership meeting and Hill visits. Farmers, blenders and biodiesel producers from across the country heard updates on…


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