Tag: Water Quality

MN House 2017

Bills beginning to move at Capitol

Legislative leadership recently established deadlines to move bills through the process during the 2017 session. These deadlines are earlier than recent legislative sessions. As a result, we should start to see increased action at the committee and floor level on legislation that could impact corn farmers.

Under the schedule approved by Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, all bills that have been introduced must be passed by the house of origin by Friday,

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2017 Legislative Update

Legislative update: Rural issues remain top of mind

Significant farm and rural issues are receiving considerable attention at the State Capitol and earlier committee deadlines this year are contributing to a faster pace of bill introductions and committee discussions. Here’s a quick update on some of the key issues of interest to corn farmers.

Water Quality

On Friday, Feb. 3, at the Minnesota Environmental Congress, Gov. Dayton announced that he wanted a “25 by 25” plan concerning Minnesota’s water resources – a 25-percent improvement in water quality by the year 2025.

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Strip tillage on the Biegler farm

Water Summit addresses concerns, solutions for water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A packed auditorium of farmers, local residents and government officials from across the state came together for Governor Dayton’s second annual Town Hall Water Summit, held on the campus of University of Minnesota-Morris in late January.

Water SummitThe day-long event focused on the complex issues facing Minnesota’s waters in both rural and urban areas of the state, and solutions to help improve water quality.

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Cody Sievert, UMN Farm Family of Game

UMN Gopher Hockey Farm Family of the Game: The Sievert Family

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Deric and Julie Sievert both grew up on dairy farms, so they know what’s left in the cow stall isn’t just a throw away. Paying particular attention to where those nutrients go keeps their farm, just north of Gibbon, going strong.

The Sievert family raises corn, soybeans, barley and alfalfa, along with cattle, hogs and sheep, and a few chickens. The Sieverts vary the application of manure according to where the soil needs it most,

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Buffers in eastern MN

Buffer alternatives: Finding the right conservation ‘fit’ for each farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota’s buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While Minnesota farmers agree with the intended outcomes of the buffer law, many are concerned that what is proscribed in the legislation will not achieve the intended results.

That’s why the law was also written to give farmers and landowners ‘alternatives’ in cases where the vegetative buffer won’t work or where there might be an even better way to achieve the same water quality benefit.

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Minnesota Harvest

Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill Tour

On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.

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MN Ag EXPO

Pre-register now for MN Ag EXPO 2017

We’re less than one month away from MN Ag EXPO 2017!

MN Ag EXPO, January 25-26 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, is the premiere winter event for Minnesota farmers. Planned and coordinated by Minnesota’s corn and soybean organizations, MN Ag EXPO 2017 is shaping up to be better than ever.

Whether you’re new to MN Ag EXPO or attend every single year, here are some things to know about the 2017 event:

Pre-register online.

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Mehrkens Family

Goldy digs conservation, and so does the Mehrkens family

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Mehrkens family, who farm just outside Thief River Falls, were honored for their conservation work by the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in late December.

As part of recognizing their commitment to conservation, Goldy Gopher took Kaleb Mehrkens, 9, on a Zamboni ride around the rink at Mariucci Arena during the December 30 men’s hockey game. Kaleb is the family’s resident hockey fanatic – even his figure-skating older sisters,

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Nitrogen Smart Workshop 2017

Minnesota farmers get ‘Nitrogen Smart’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers across Minnesota have been delving into a series of seminars called ‘Nitrogen Smart’, supported by Minnesota Corn Growers Association. The seminars, hosted by Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center (MAWRC), are presented by experts from University of Minnesota Extension.

Eight ‘Nitrogen Smart’ workshops took place across the state in December, from Slayton to Faribault. Each meeting was geared to the particular region where it was set,

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Great River Greening

MCGA and Great River Greening partner on water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In its 21 years, Great River Greening has worked primarily on wildlife habitat restoration, marshaling 39,000 community volunteers to help restore 18,000 acres of Minnesota prairies and forests.

In 2011, the organization began to move forward with comprehensive watershed work to improve water quality—work that has recently advanced with the help of grants and technical support from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Seven Mile Creek,

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