Tag: Buffers

Buffer Alternative Practices

Buffer Law deadline for compliance is Nov. 1

The deadline for farmers to comply with the Minnesota Buffer Law is less than a month away.

By Nov. 1, the law requires farmers to install a 50-foot vegetative buffer on all public waters, or file for a waiver that extends the deadline. By Nov. 1, 2018, farmers must have a 16.5-foot buffer on all public ditches.

Prior to Nov. 1, farmers are encouraged to visit their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office to discuss options for compliance and implementation under Minnesota’s buffer law.

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New tool helps farmers choose alternative practices to buffers

Alternatives to Buffers Management Tool:

  • Click here to access the Quick Start Guide.
  • Click here to access the Tool (please note, an Excel Spreadsheet will open)
  • Click here to access the AgroEcoregion Mapbook to find out which region your land is located in
  • If you have questions about the Alternatives to Buffers Management Tool, MCGA recommends you visit your local SWCD office.

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Future ag leaders learn about MCGA’s sustainability mission

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Students recently attended a summer ag education seminar called Heart of the Heartland to hear Minnesota Corn Research and Promotions Council (MCR&PC) Research Director Paul Meints and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, a soil health expert with University of Minnesota Extension, discuss sustainability efforts by today’s farmers.

Meints discussed the 23 farmer-led, conservation-focused research projects funded by the Innovation Grant Program, which began last year as part of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) and MRC&PC’s mission for Minnesota corn farmers to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn growers in the nation.

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MN State Capitol

Legislative Recap: End of session and special session full of drama

The Legislature did not fully complete its business, including the passage of omnibus tax and budget bills, by the constitutional deadline of May 22nd at midnight, and went into a special session that finally concluded early Friday morning. Following is a report regarding key legislative issues important to farmers:

BUFFER LEGISLATION
The omnibus environmental and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed just before the close of the regular session. As amended,

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2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Farmers and local governments agree water buffer law is not ready

One of the most important issues we have discussed during this legislative session is the need to make modifications to the water buffer law and to delay its implementation. The law was originally passed in 2015 and is scheduled to take effect on Nov. 1st of this year. Unfortunately, the law is just not ready to be implemented.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has taken a leadership role in communicating with lawmakers,

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MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Major bills coming to fruition

Leadership in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate continues to focus on the top priorities of tax relief, a state budget and a transportation bill. Legislators will have just two weeks before the 2017 session closes on May 22 to negotiate final agreements with the Dayton administration to avoid a special session.

To move things forward, House and Senate leaders met with the Governor’s office this week to do the groundwork necessary for negotiations to take place on major bills that could soon emerge from conference committees.

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2017 Minnesota Session

Legislative Update: Big bills, big issues in negotiations

Minnesota House and Senate conference committee members continued their work this week to craft compromises in major legislation concerning taxes and the state budget, transportation and regulation, some of which will have an impact on the state’s farming sector.

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The voices of farmers and agriculture interests are being heard in St. Paul concerning the state’s buffer law and the Legislation designed to improve it. A recent InForum article discussed how local governments,

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MN Capitol

Legislative Update: Lawmakers pick up negotiations on key topics

State legislators returned to St. Paul from their annual Spring Break this week to open House-Senate negotiations on the state budget, taxes and other issues, including several bills that impact corn farmers and agriculture. Prior to the Easter/Passover break, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) took the lead in organizing a media outreach effort to raise awareness of key ag issues and urge farmers and rural residents to contact legislators during the break. The MCGA effort generated dozens of media mentions across Minnesota,

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Buffer near Montevideo, MN

Buffers: Here’s where we are at

One of the most important topics to farmers during the 2017 legislative session, the buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While farmers agree with the intended outcome, many are concerned with various aspects of timing and implementation of the buffers.

At the Capitol, the House and Senate proposed legislation that includes delaying buffer law implementation, modified definitions of public waters and necessary buffer widths,

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2017 Minnesota Session

MN Legislative Update: Lawmakers return to full agenda

Minnesota State Legislators return to St. Paul on April 18 with a significant number of issues to address during the closing five weeks of the 2017 session. Leaders in both the House and Senate established earlier committee deadlines to better manage larger pieces legislation before the session is scheduled to end and to avoid the potential for a special session. As a result, several bills with impacts to the agriculture sector could be taken up soon.

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