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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 »

If we are serious about fighting climate change, we need to get serious about investing in transit

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Every year when the legislative session starts, we begin to look at our priorities for Minnesota, considering how we can continue to improve our state. Many of these conversations are held separately, being examined in silos, while in truth many are deeply intertwined. As we discuss how to fix Minnesota’s transportation system in one sphere,… Read more »

Clean Water & Wildlife Conservation Groups Applaud Governor Dayton’s Proposal for Expanded Buffers Along State Waterways

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Saint Paul, MN – January 30, 2015 – Twenty-nine Minnesota environmental and conservation organizations delivered a letter today to Governor Mark Dayton, praising his leadership in proposing expansion of perennial vegetation buffers along the state’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.  The Governor made his proposal at the state’s Department of Natural Resources Roundtable on January… Read more »

Crop Insurance: Let the New Generation of Farmers In

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By Jim VanDerPol The Land Stewardship Project recently published a three-part expose of the federal crop insurance program. The white papers are titled: “Crop Insurance-the Corporate Connection,” “Crop Insurance Ensures the Big Get Bigger” and “How Crop Insurance Hurts the Next Generation of Farmers.” The final paper title provides the key to LSP’s concern. The… Read more »

A Little Dirty History

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The United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. That’s fitting, given how reliant the entire world is on keeping our soil in place, as well as keeping it healthy. But this isn’t exactly new information: years ago I happened upon a 1953 pamphlet called Conquest of the Land Through… Read more »

Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions

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The Will Steger Foundation is excited to launch Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions, a two-year project funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Climate Minnesota responds to the urgent need for increased climate literacy and sustainable behavior change among Minnesotans by sharing the knowledge of local experts and the stories of… Read more »

Forever Green: Alternative, off-season crops could benefit economy as well as ecology

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By Julie Lund of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS). Posted on CFANS website: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/about/solutions/forever-green   Minnesota has 27 million acres of farmland dominated by corn and soybeans. Over the years, as high-yield varieties were introduced, these food and feed crops edged out prairie and pastures, and the state’s… Read more »

MEP sign-on letter: Governor urge support for Clean Water Council recommendations

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This is a sign-on letter sent from the MEP member groups to Governor Mark Dayton.   December 23, 2014Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor116 Veterans Service Building20 West 12th StreetSt. Paul, MN 55155 Dear Governor Dayton, We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to urge your support for the Clean Water Council’s FY16-17 Clean Water… Read more »