Growers of the ‘third crop’ share results

Jerry Ackerman in one of his corn fields where cover crops are also planted.

Jerry Ackerman in one of his corn fields where cover crops are also planted.

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Lakefield farmers Jerry and Nancy Ackermann were among the presenters at a gathering in Okabena in mid-November, in which three dozen farmers from Jackson and Nobles county met to compare results, trade experiences and learn ways to improve performance with cover crops.

Jerry and Nancy are members of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

The Ackermanns have increased the use of covers between the rows of their corn and soybeans for the past six years. In the 2015 crop year they planted 100 percent of their acres with cover crops.

One key benefit to using cover crops, according to Ackermann, is improving the water-holding capacity of the land. Jerry noted that during the recent post-harvest rains, when the Lakefield area received more than 5 inches of moisture, standing water was seen in many low spots, especially along field edges where grain carts and other equipment had left tracks. In contrast, the edge of a field where Ackermanns planted cover crops, they had just taken off 194 bushels of corn per acre, and they had no standing water at all.

“The covers in that field—they get pushed down a little bit when you come through and pick the corn—but now after the rains they are up and looking greener than ever,” Jerry said.

Covers also contribute to high yields by helping with weed control, according to Ackermann. As they have increased their use of cover crops over the past six years, they have left ‘check strips,’ which have consistently demonstrated how the cover crops work to limit weeds.

Some of the cover crops will die during the coldest months, but the cereal rye among other plants most often survives through the whole winter.

“The more days of the year you can have the roots of living plants in the soil, the better it is for the health of the soil,” Ackermann believes. He has also noticed a solar radiation effect, “where I have covers that have made it through the winter, that soil warms up faster. The plants collect the solar energy.”

Between the warmer soil and its ability to sponge up excess moisture, he has found that they can get rolling with planting a few days earlier than in the past.

As row crop farmers, Ackermanns terminate their cover crops with herbicide right before planting their main crop in the spring. Farmers who raise livestock use cover crops as forage for their animals.

“There’s one farmer I talked with who says he knocked a month off of his feed bill by grazing his animals on the cover crops,” Ackermann said.

They have experimented with different mixtures that have included oats and peas, as well as tillage radish, rapeseed, forage turnips, clovers and ryes.

“I often gain, and I have never lost yield by using a cover crop,” said Jerry Ackermann, describing how he has seen gains as high as 22 bushels per acre, as well as other agronomic benefits.

Water infiltration tests show a higher water-holding capacity of ground that has been cover-cropped, according to Jan Voit, district administrator for the Heron Lake Watershed District.

Ackermanns, along with three other area farmers (Dave Christoffer, Jerry  and Terry Perkins and Tim Hansberger) have joined in a three-year “Third Crop Phosphorous Reduction Effort” being conducted the Heron Lake Watershed District. The project will compile information for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 crop years to show the impact of cover-crops on nutrient loading, says Voit.

Between pathways carved by the cover crop root systems, along with the build-up of organic matter and increased biological activity, the Ackermanns saw an infiltration rate of up to 8 inches and hour. Comparable soils with conventionally raised crops were much slower to absorb water—showing a tendency for water to stand on the surface and run off.

The Ackermanns use no-till cultivation for their soybeans, and strip-till for their corn, which also contributes to a high level of surface residue. Spring tillage transects showed the four farms had surface residue coverage ranging from 64 percent to 83 percent. This high percentage of residue protects the soil from both rain- and wind-erosion, according to Voit.


Jerry Ackerman talks more about his use of cover crops in this video:


To learn about research by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association into cover crops, click here.

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Ethanol Update: Heading down the RFS home stretch

There is a lot of activity and rhetoric (mostly rhetoric) flying around about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) right now. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to finalize it’s adjusted RFS numbers on Nov. 30, which means Big Oil and its cronies are out in full force banging the anti-ethanol drum and doing whatever they can to get others to buy into the myths and misinformation they spread about cleaner-burning homegrown biofuels.

For this week’s Ethanol Update, let’s take a look at some of the more laughable anti-ethanol attacks from Big Oil and their minions. We’ll also highlight how corn farmers and biofuels supporters are responding.

(NOTE: If you need a refresher on what the RFS is and how EPA and Big Oil and trying to slash it, click here.)

API conducts its own poll
The American Petroleum Institute (aka Big Oil) recently released the results of a “poll” it conducted that showed 77 percent of Americans were “concerned” about increasing the amount of ethanol blended in our fuel supply as originally called for in the RFS.

Gee, what a shocker! Big Oil conducts a poll and, whaddayaknow? the results come out drastically in favor of Big Oil’s misguided viewpoints.

Too bad the facts don’t match the oil industry’s laughable polling numbers:

  • An independent poll from Morning Consult in April found that more than 6 in 10 American voters support the RFS and less than 2 in 10 oppose it.
  • The RFS enjoys broad, bipartisan support — 65 percent of Democrats support it, so do 61 percent of independents and 57 percent of republicans.
  • This 2014 report laid out the facts about the RFS and combated the many myths pushed by API in their “poll.”
  • What people really are against is spending more than $5 billion every year subsidizing the oil industry.

The “poll” also said 77 percent of Americans were concerned about corn being grown for fuel instead of being used to feed the poor. Does anyone still buy the silly food vs. fuel argument? That myth has been shot down time and time again.

Combating climate change
Fuels America has released a video about President Obama’s choice in the RFS battle: Support an oil industry that has been lying about climate change for years, or support his own scientists whose conclusions show that a strong RFS helps reduce harmful emissions and slows down the damaging effects of climate change.

The video can be viewed here.

More importantly, you can click here to view the video on Facebook and share it on your own timeline. It’s really important that all corn farmers and ethanol supporters share this video as much as possible, so take a second and hit the share button before moving on to whatever else you plan on doing on the internet.

Climate talk ad
As Obama heads to the international UN climate talks, Fuels America placed an ad in the New York Times urging the president to stand strong on the RFS and show that the United States is willing to lead by example on climate change.

The ad can viewed below:

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Corn farmers and clean-air supporters can also amplify this message via social media. Here are a few sample Tweets:

  • The renewable fuel industry is already producing the cleanest, lowest carbon motor fuels in the world #RFS
  • Mr. President, we’re ready to help our nation lead on climate at #COP21. It can’t happen without the #RFS
  • Mr. President, don’t hand the oil industry a huge victory as you head to #COP21

Decade of RFS success
Growth Energy co-chair Tom Buis wrote about the RFS in this op-ed for Here’s the money quote:

The RFS is the only policy to ever have loosened the oil industry’s stranglehold on the liquid fuels marketplace and the only policy that will help us kick our dangerous addiction to foreign oil. Since the enactment of the RFS in 2005, our dependence on foreign oil has been cut by more than half — from 60 percent to 27 percent. And, instead of sending nearly a billion dollars a day overseas, we are investing right here at home.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota…
Here in Minnesota, we’re not running any type of last-minute RFS campaign or asking corn farmers to contact their elected leaders as the deadline approaches. We led those campaigns earlier in the process and were quite successful.

Instead, we’re moving forward in making sure fuels with higher blends of ethanol are more readily available to consumers. If the oil industry refuses to comply with the RFS and EPA and the Obama administration are willing to let them off the hook, it’s up to us to take action.

  • Several Coborn’s/Little Duke’s locations recently installed flex-fuel pumps with the support of a broad coalition that includes the Minnesota Corn Growers. We participated in fueling promotions at the six sites last week.

  • Minnesota will soon be home to an additional 620 flex-fuel pumps thanks to an $8 million grant from USDA. The funds will be matched by MCGA and other coalition groups.
  • A common anti-RFS talking point from Big Oil concerns the so-called blend wall, which assumes that we’ve already reached the maximum amount of ethanol (10 percent) we can blend in our fuel supply due to infrastructure limitations. Here in Minnesota, we’ve blown apart that 10 percent blend wall myth. Our fuel supply contains 12.2 percent ethanol, proving that you can go beyond 10 percent if you actually try. Unfortunately, by refusing to comply with the RFS, Big Oil is doing anything but trying.
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Technology and social investment key factors in agriculture water quality

Minnesota Corn Growers Association Dr. Adam Birr, left, participated in a panel discussion on agriculture and water quality at last week's Agri-Growth Conference in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association Dr. Adam Birr, left, participated in a panel discussion on agriculture and water quality at last week’s Agri-Growth Conference in Minneapolis.

Taking advantage of — and keeping pace with — rapidly evolving technology will be a key factor in the ongoing effort to improve the balance of agricultural production and environmental stewardship. That was one of several insights provided by a panel of experts on farming and water quality that included Minnesota Corn Growers Association Executive Director Dr. Adam Birr at last week’s annual Agri-Growth Conference in Minneapolis.

“Maybe technology has outpaced our knowledge a little bit,” Birr said. “Let’s give our scientific knowledge a chance to catch up.”

Minnesota corn farmers are making the investment necessary to help researchers close that gap as quickly as possible. Birr cited how corn farmers support $4 million annually in research at institutions such as the University of Minnesota through the state’s corn check-off.

“The commitment is there from farmers,” Birr said. “There’s a huge interest to invest in agricultural productivity that has an environmental impact as well.”

Panelists also emphasized that while science might need some time to catch up with technology and develop effective ways to take advantage of the data produced, several technological precision agriculture innovations are already paying huge dividends when it comes to stewardship.

“I’m most optimistic when I see the technology tools out there and research that helps farmers make decisions based on what the plant’s needs are,” said Joel Wipperfurth, technology applications lead at Winfield Ag. “Nobody wants to over-apply nutrients or under-apply. Thanks to technology, we can now ask ourselves, ‘maybe we should be doing different things on sensitive areas of a field?'”

While technology already is and will continue playing an important role, we also must not forget the social side, said Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Laboratory Director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment & Director of the Midwest Climate Hub for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

“Once we identify a problem, we need to get past who’s to blame, then get to solving that problem,” he said. “Our next investments are coming on the social side and up-scaling existing practices.”

Part of that social investment will involve farmers stepping up to connect with non-farmers about their conservation efforts. Today, less than 1 percent of the population farms. That means fewer people than ever before have a direct connection to the farm, yet curiosity about how food is raised is as high as ever.

“Farmers need to tell their story in a way that’s genuine and helps rebuild those connections to the farm,” Birr said.

Birr also noted that we are seeing improved trends in many areas of agriculture water quality. To Michael Reuter, Director of the North American Freshwater Program at The Nature Conservancy, the improvements show that agriculture is ready to continue moving forward.

“All of us need to recognize that this is the work we need to do on this,” Reuter said. “The sky is not falling, but we have the technology to do the work and continue making improvements.”

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MCGA adds another new member benefit

MNcorn_PMSWith more than 7,200 members, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is one of the largest grassroots agriculture organizations in the United States.

MCGA membership helps corn farmers speak in a unified voice on important policy issues, stay informed on the latest trends and challenges in farming, and increase profitability by expanding business contacts and taking advantage of educational opportunities.

But those aren’t the only benefits. MCGA recently formed a new partnership with Monsanto BioAg.

If you sign up for a new or renewed three-year membership, you’re eligible to receive a voucher good toward the purchase of QuickRoots, a leading microbial-based product from Monsanto BioAg. Your three-year MCGA membership entitles you to a QuickRoots planter box formulation to treat 25 units of seed, a value of up to $470.

More details on this new MCGA member benefit can be read here. To learn more about joining, MCGA, click here.

QuickRoots is a microbial inoculant for improving the availability of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Learn more about QuickRoots here.

Other member benefits

QuickRoots is the newest benefit for MCGA members, but there are many more:

What are you waiting for? Join MCGA today!

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Farmers: The U of M needs your help in herbicide resistance survey

ExtensionMinnesota corn farmers can play a key role in helping a multi-state team of university researchers better understand the spread of herbicide resistant weeds.

On Nov. 20, surveys will be sent by email to farmers selected for diversity of farm size, crops grown, and geographic location. About 10,000 surveys will be sent nationwide, including Minnesota. If you receive this survey in your email on Nov. 20, it is important that you take the time to fill it out.

Individual responses will remain confidential. You can read a full news release with additional details on the survey here. Here is a snippet from the release:

Researchers aim to gain deeper insights into herbicidal resistance in corn, soybean, sugarbeets and cotton — its causes, consequences and strategies used to cope with it.

“Farmers are the front lines of herbicide resistance. The information they can provide will be essential to help build an effective response to the growing problem of herbicide-resistant weeds,” said University of Minnesota Extension agronomist Jeff Gunsolus, who represents Minnesota on the research team, along with Terry Hurley, University of Minnesota agricultural economics professor. “The survey will help the research team better understand the human dimensions of herbicide resistance as well as how these weeds are spreading.”

Not all Minnesota farmers will receive the survey. Check your email inbox on Nov. 20, and if you were one of the farmers selected to participate, follow the instructions on completing the survey.

The full University of Minnesota Extension news release on the survey can be viewed here.

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Shame on these House members from corn-producing states for signing Big Oil’s anti-ethanol letter

An oil industry lobbyist drafts an anti-ethanol letter. Members of Congress sign the letter. The letter is sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This practice isn’t uncommon — Big Oil and its deep pockets lead many organizations around by the nose as they strive to kill the Renewable Fuel Standard, roll back the use of homegrown biofuels and strengthen its monopoly on our fuel tanks and wallets.

But there’s no excuse for members of Congress from corn producing states to fall into Big Oil’s anti-ethanol trap. They should know better. At the very least, they should know not to turn their backs on farmers and rural communities in their own district in order to side with outside oil interests who could care less about what happens back home.

The letter contains the usual long disproven myths and tired talking points we hear from Big Oil about the blend wall. Yet that didn’t stop the House members listed below who represent corn-producing states from blindly signing on to the letter, even though it’s been proven that the letter was drafted by a cog in the Big Oil machine.

There are no Minnesota representatives on that list. Congressman like Collin Peterson and Tim Walz have been strong supporters of homegrown ethanol and recognize the benefits it has provided for air quality, consumers and rural communities.

Unfortunately, not every state is as lucky as Minnesota in having representatives who understand the benefits of homegrown biofuels, and who won’t blindly sign on to an effort so blatantly spearheaded by paid shills for Big Oil.

Wesley Spurlock, a farmer in Texas and First Vice President of the National Corn Growers Association, is spot on with this quote:

“Ethanol is the backbone of the rural economy, and the elected officials who represent these communities need to hear from us. It’s up to us to tell them this is unacceptable and hold them accountable. Corn farmers are doing their part to feed and fuel America. It’s time for Congress to do their part and stand up for energy independence, clean air, and strong rural communities.”

Here is a list of the misguided members of Congress who signed onto Big Oil’s anti-ethanol letter:

Colorado: Mike Coffman (R), Doug Lamborn (R)

Illinois: Robert Dold (R)

Kansas: Mike Pompeo (R)

Kentucky: Thomas Massie (R), Andy Barr (R)

Maryland: Andy Harris (R)

Michigan: Dan Benishek (R), Mike Bishop (R), Tim Walberg (R)

Missouri: Billy Long (R)

North Carolina: G. K. Butterfield (D), Robert Pittenger (R), David Rouzer (R), George Holding (R), Renee Elmers (R), Walter Jones (R), Virginia Foxx (R), Richard Hudson (R)

New York: John Katko (R), Christopher Gibson (R), Tom Reed (R), Chris Collins (R), Lee Zeldin (R), Richard Hanna (R), Peter King (R)

Ohio: Jim Jordan (R), Steve Chabot (R), Bradley Wenstrup (R)

Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta (R), Glenn Thompson (R), Ryan Costello (R), Joseph Pitts (R), Keith Rothfus (R), Charles Dent (R), Bill Shuster (R), Patrick Meehan (R), Tim Murphy (R), Scott Perry (R), Mike Kelly (R)

Texas: Marc Veasey (D), Henry Cuellar (D), Filemon Vela (D), Gene Green (D), Ruben Hinojosa (D), Joaquin Castro (D), Kevin Brady (R), Will Hurd (R), Randy Weber (R), Kay Granger (R), Randy Neugebauer (R), Roger Williams (R), Jeb Hensarling (R), Pete Session (R), Louie Gohmert (R), Lamar Smith (R), Mike Conaway (R), Sam Johnson (R), Kenny Marchant (R), Michael Burgess (R), John Culberson (R), Ted Poe (R), Blake Farenthold (R), Michael McCaul (R), Brian Babin (R), John Ratcliffe (R), Joe Barton (R), John Carter (R), Pete Olson (R), Mac Thornberry (R), Bill Flores (R)

Virginia: Scott Rigell (R), Robert Wittman (R), Morgan Griffith (R), Robert Hurt (R), Barbara Comstock (R), Dave Brat (R), Bob Goodlatte (R)

Wisconsin: Glenn Grothman (R), James Sensenbrenner (R)

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Minnesota’s record corn harvest nearing completion

photo 2The latest USDA report projects Minnesota corn farmers to harvest 1.45 billion bushels of corn this fall, breaking the previous state record set in 2012 by 5 percent.

Also according to USDA, 96 percent of that record crop has already been harvested and is in storage bins located on farms, elevators and ethanol plants throughout Minnesota. Despite the large crop, farmers are 12 days ahead of last year’s harvest schedule and a full five days ahead of the five-year average.

Corn yields are also pegged to set records. Current projections are estimating Minnesota’s average corn yield at 187 bushels per acre. That’s 31 bushels per acre more than last year and 10 bushels above the previous record set in 2010.

Nationally, corn production is forecast at 13.7 billion bushels, 4 percent lower than last year’s record production. Yields are expected to be just under 170 bushels per acre, down 1.7 bushels from last year.

If the national projections hold true, it would be the second highest production and third highest overall yield on record.

THANK YOU to all the farmers out there — especially our own Minnesota corn farmers — working hard to finish harvesting food, feed, fiber and fuel for a growing world population. Also, thank you to Mother Nature for delivering a great growing season here in Minnesota. After the last couple years of wet springs and early frosts, we needed it.

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Ethanol Update: Big month for biofuels in Minnesota

It’s been a while since we did an Ethanol Update, so let’s get right to it. This week’s update includes information on a USDA biofuels grant, Coborn’s, new RFS TV ads and President Obama.

As you’ll see, it’s been a good month for homegrown biofuels here in Minnesota. The number of flex-fuel pumps out there is expanding and a USDA grant will help us install even more at stations throughout the state.

In case you missed it…
USDA announced state-by-state dollar amounts last week for Biofuels Infrastructure Program grants. Minnesota received $8 million, which will be matched using funds provided by a broad coalition that includes the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC). Full details on the grant are here.

Ethanol fuel discounts at Coborn’s
The Minnesota Corn Growers are teaming with Coborn’s and other partners next week to offer big savings on ethanol fuel blends like E15, E30 and E85. Coborn’s and Little Duke’s locations in Hastings, Belle Plaine, New Prague, Princeton, Pipestone and St. Cloud are participating. Full details on each event are here.

Obama’s choice
Fuels America has a new television ad out about the choice President Obama faces on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Listen to lying oil companies who want to squash the use of homegrown renewable fuels or his own experts and scientists who have long touted the benefits of ethanol fuels to air quality and the environment. The ad can be viewed here.

One final RFS push
Speaking of the RFS, final Renewable Volume Obligation numbers were submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Office of Management and Budget late last week. That means we need to make one final push to let President Obama, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and others know about the importance of the RFS to the environment, our fuel tanks, corn farmers and rural America.

If you’re on social media, consider sending Tweets to president Obama (@POTUS) or administrator McCarthy (@GinaEPA). Sample tweets include:

.@POTUS the #RFS has significantly reduced CO2 emissions. Listen to rural America! The #RFSworks Protect farmers. Protect rural America. Protect the economy. Tell @POTUS that the #RFSworks #RuralVotesMatter

Administrator @GinaEPA, “Tear down this blend wall!” #RFSworks #RuralVotesMatter

.@POTUS Corn ethanol has cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 50% compared to gasoline. Tell @EPA follow the law! #RFSworks

Obama, Big Oil and the RFS
This is a disturbing story out of the Oct. 29 Huffington Post. Turns out, many of president Obama’s advisors who recommended slashing the RFS have left the administration for jobs that have heavy ties to the oil industry. The ball got rolling on the RFS cuts after a phone call from congressman Robert Brady to vice president Joe Biden about helping out two struggling oil refineries in Brady’s district.

The full story is well worth your time. Give it a read.

Where to find higher ethanol blends
If you’re wondering where you can fill up with E15, E85 or other higher ethanol blends, go to for a map and list of stations. You can also download the Minnesota Biofuels Association station locator app.

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Coborn’s Little Dukes promoting ethanol fuel blends at 6 locations next week

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is teaming up with Coborn’s and several other supporters to offer big savings on higher-ethanol fuel blends at six Coborn’s and Little Duke’s locations next week.

During the promotions, E85 will be discounted by 85 cents per gallon, E30 by 30 cents per gallon and E15 by 15 cents per gallon.

E85 (85 percent ethanol) and E30 (30 percent ethanol) fuels are for use only in flex-fuel vehicles. The new E15 (15 percent ethanol) blend is approved for use in any gasoline car, truck or SUV model year 2001 or newer.

FlexThe St. Cloud-based Coborn’s grocery chain recently expanded the fuel choices at six locations in Minnesota, including Hastings, Belle Plaine, New Prague, Princeton, Pipestone and St. Cloud. Each location includes flex-fuel pumps that give drivers the option of filling up with regular unleaded or E15, E30 or E85 — fuels that contain a higher amount of cleaner-burning, homegrown ethanol made from corn.

In addition to MCGA and Coborn’s, supporters for each event include the American Lung Association in Minnesota, the Minnesota Clean Air Choice Team and local Corn & Soybean Growers Associations.

A full schedule of next week’s Coborn’s promotions is below.


Monday, November 9 in Hastings
Noon — 2 p.m.
Little Duke’s
225 33rd St. W.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Belle Plaine
Coborn’s Superstore fuel station
Noon — 2 p.m.
1010 E. Enterprise Dr.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 in New Prague
Little Duke’s
3 — 5 p.m.
200 Alton Ave. SE

Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Princeton
Little Duke’s
Noon — 2 p.m.
1100 7th Ave. South

Thursday, Nov. 12 in Pipestone
Coborn’s Express fuel station
Noon — 2 p.m.
1106 8th St. SW

Friday, Nov. 13 in St. Cloud
Little Duke’s
Noon — 2 p.m.
900 Cooper Ave.


A broad coalition that includes MCGA, the American Lung Association in Minnesota, The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota ethanol plants have teamed up to support the installation of about 120 flex-fuel pumps at 40 Minnesota stations over the last two years.

A recently-announced USDA grant will be combined with coalition matching funds to install as many as 620 flex-fuel pumps at 165 Minnesota retailers in the coming months.

If you would like more information on cleaner fuels in Minnesota, visit or

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Minnesota corn farmers: Tell Klobuchar and Franken to stop WOTUS now!

KlobFrankThe U.S. Senate plans to vote on S. 1140 and possibly the Congressional Review Act concerning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corp of Engineers’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule next week.

If passed, this would force EPA and the Corps to withdraw its damaging WOTUS rule.

Minnesota corn farmers: It’s time to make your voices heard. Tell Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken to vote YES on S. 1140 and the Congressional Review Act to stop WOTUS once and for all. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association has set up an easy-to-use online system for you to submit comments to both Klobuchar’s and Franken’s offices.

Click here to access the system. It only takes a couple of minutes to tell both senators to support stopping the harmful WOTUS rule.

WOTUS went into effect in August, but was halted nationwide by the U.S. Court of Appeals not long after. Thirty-one states are challenging the rule in various federal courts on multiple grounds, including violations of the processes used to develop the law, the rule’s methodology, questions about whether the rule violates Congressional authority and documents from Corps officials expressing strong concerns about the final rule.

Tell Senators Klobuchar and Franken that it should be Congress that has the responsibility to determine what the WOTUS rule means. This important decision should not be deferred to the courts and a complicated web of legal decisions that will do nothing to improve water quality and everything to unnecessarily confuse farmers and landowners.

By supporting S. 1140 and the Congressional Review Act, Klobuchar and Franken can play a role in getting the process going for working on a new rule, one that provides a consistent, predictable and timely regulatory process that is focused on truly protecting water quality.

Make your voice heard today!

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