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MEP and member groups urge conferees to pass budget bill without dirty water restrictions

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered two letters urging Conference Committee members and members of the Minnesota Legislature to pass a clean environment budget bill without dirty water restrictions.  We strongly encourage conferees to remove provisions is SF 1764 and HF 846 that move backwards in efforts to protect Minnesota’s natural resources and… Read more »

Buffer Initiative: It Will Help Protect Water & is Flexible Enough to Meet Farmer Needs

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By George Boody Governor Mark Dayton announced in January his proposal to require an additional 125,000 acres of perennial vegetation along lakes, rivers and streams. There is a long history of utilizing such living borders to filter out fertilizers and herbicides, while fortifying streambanks and reducing the amount of eroded soil that ends up in… Read more »

Frac Sand’s Wild Refugees

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By Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project There’s a farm near the Jackson County, Wis., community of Hixton that is in the process of being destroyed by being turned into a frac sand mine. I would say it’s a least a couple of hundred acres. It’s at the intersection of Highway 95 and Green (but not… Read more »

Forever Green: Relaying Resiliency

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To Matthew Ott, three words could make all the difference as to whether farming systems that protect the soil year-round in Minnesota become a consistent agricultural presence in the state. “For me, the most exciting thing is to be able to use the term, ‘cash cover crops,’ ” says the University of Minnesota graduate student…. Read more »

MEP’s summarized testimony on bill that would modify the duties of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board

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On March 12, 2015, Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s executive director Steve Morse delivered testimony summarized below regarding a new bill that would modify the duties of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board. In his testimony, he emphasizes the importance of keeping the essential duties of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board as is for a number… Read more »

MEP’s prepared testimony on advanced biofuel production incentive program

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On February 18, 2015, Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s executive director Steve Morse delivered the below prepared testimony regarding proposals that would establish new incentive programs to advance biofuels production. In his testimony, he emphasizes the importance of crop diversity in our agricultural landscape and encouraged lawmakers rethink incentives that would continue reliance on few select crops…. Read more »

Why an EIS for Riverview Baker Dairy? Too Little Water, Too Much Manure

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When Renville County dairy farmer James Kanne addressed a Minnesota Senate hearing on environmental review Jan. 29, he made it clear that size does matter when it comes to assessing the impact of an agricultural operation on the land and community. “If you have 50 cows in one spot, they have a small impact,” Kanne… Read more »