Tag: Water Quality

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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Research Summary details the latest in check-off-funded research

As some may have noticed in their mailbox earlier this month, Minnesota Corn’s Research Summary 2017 has been released! We invite you to read this year’s summary and see Minnesota corn check-off dollars at work funding research that improves agricultural practices and creates new opportunities for corn farmers.

Research Summary 2017

Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council directs more than $4 million annually to independent research projects that promote the environmental and economic sustainability of farmers.

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draft Nitrogen Rule

Comment period for draft fertilizer rule ends Aug. 25

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,

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Dayton administration to hold water quality town halls throughout state

In February Governor Mark Dayton announced his goal to improve water quality in Minnesota by 25 percent by 2025. The “25 by 25” initiative is meant to engage citizens, local governments, scientists, environmental groups, business leaders, farmers and more to work collaboratively to address a wide variety of water quality challenges and accelerate the pace of progress in water quality improvements.

To launch 25 by 25, Governor Dayton and key members of his cabinet will be holding a series of town hall meetings throughout Minnesota to hear from Minnesotans about how to improve water quality locally.

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What you need to know about the nitrogen management rule

Click here to download a printer-friendly PDF version of the “What you need to know” document regarding the nitrogen management rule, which is being implemented to minimize potential sources of nitrate pollution in our state’s groundwater.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has released the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which is being implemented to minimize potential sources of nitrate pollution in the state’s groundwater and as part of the Minnesota Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan.

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New report defines sustainability from consumer and farmer point of view

“Sustainability” is a word with tremendous implications that lacks a universal definition. To dive into what being sustainable means to both the consumer and general public, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) launched the Agriculture in America Sustainability report this year.

Following a six-month media and communications audit, the USFRA found consumers are having a number of conversations around sustainability as it relates to food and agriculture. First, consumers struggle to define it,

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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: 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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