Comment period for draft fertilizer rule ends Aug. 25

draft Nitrogen Rule

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is requesting input from the farming community on the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which would limit fertilizer application in vulnerable groundwater areas and implement a process for mitigation where high concentrations of nitrates are found in groundwater.

Until Aug. 25, individual farmers are encouraged to submit comments on the first draft of the rule in an effort to help MDA formulate a final rule that limits nitrate pollution, but does so in a way that maintains efficient production on farms.

Watch for a postcard from MCGA in the mail this week about the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule with important information on how you can become engaged in the process and provide feedback to MDA.

It’s important that farmers share their individual perspective by submitting a comment on the draft rule.

To learn how you can submit a comment and for additional FAQ’s about the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, visit mncorn.org/NitrogenRule.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association has been involved throughout the nitrogen fertilizer rule’s revision process and will be submitting comments prior to the Aug. 25 deadline. Another version of the draft rule will be released in late fall/early winter with a comment period, followed by the final nitrogen fertilizer rule likely going into effect next fall.

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