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In Historical Move, MPCA Orders EIS on Proposed Factory Farm

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By Paul Sobocinski, Land Stewardship Project The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens’ Board ruled this week that Riverview LLP’s proposed 8,850-cow dairy operation in Stevens County must undergo an in-depth Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). To my knowledge, this is the first time that the MPCA has ordered an EIS of a factory farm. This is… Read more »

Taking steps to curb climate change would have a big impact on public health

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Too often, health impacts are left out of the conversation on climate change. That is unfortunate, because climate change threatens our ability to protect Minnesotans against the dangers of air pollution and increased allergens and asthma triggers linked to warmer summers, extreme weather and smoke from wildfires. This is especially true of the most vulnerable… Read more »

The Environmental Benefits of Cycling for Minnesota

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Bicycling more and driving less offers numerous advantages, both for the individual as well as the community. As a transportation alternative, bicycling benefits public health and safety, reduces transportation costs and fuel consumption, decreases traffic congestion, boosts the local consumer economy, and reduces environmental impacts, among other things. While we certainly believe the economic, individual… Read more »

Saving Minnesota’s Grasslands: Conservation, Cattle & Community

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It’s that age-old struggle: accepting a little short-term disturbance in the name of long-term stability. Dave Trauba regularly faces the challenge of explaining that tradeoff to hunters who visit the Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Refuge in western Minnesota only to find their favorite spot for shooting pheasants has recently been grazed by cattle from a… Read more »

News Watch: Aug. 11

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Energy; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Waste & Recycling; Water; Wildlife; Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Associated Press: Farmer fills summer lull with community partnerships, sells to local restaurant (In Star Tribune)  MinnPost: Scientific peers to review MPCA’s analysis of wild rice, sulfate research  MPR: Minnesota farmers won’t feel impact… Read more »

News Watch: Aug. 7

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Air Quality; Carbon Rule; Climate Change; Energy; Great Lakes; Invasive Species; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Water; Wildlife Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus Tweet about it

News Watch: Aug. 4

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Energy; Government Relations & Agency News; Health; Invasive Species; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Water; Wildlife; Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Duluth News Tribune: Farmers market starts in West Duluth  Economist: Whole Foods – a victim of success? (In Star Tribune)  Minnesota Farm Guide: Dayton declares… Read more »

First Test of 2013 MN Frac Sand Law is Successful

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By Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project The owner of a controversial Houston County silica sand mine was notified Monday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that he must stop mining and apply for a DNR Silica Sand Mining Trout Stream Setback Permit. The Erickson silica sand mine in Houston County’s Yucatan Township is… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 31

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Carbon Rule; Climate Change; Efficiency; Environmental Writing; Fish & Wildlife; Frac Sand Mining; Mining; Minnesota Legacy; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Water; Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Mankato Free Press: Your View: No research has proved GMOs to be harmless  MinnPost: Earth Journal: Lettuce From Skunk Hollow: Savoring CSA and homegrown… Read more »

Grazing as a Public Good in Western Minnesota

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As a Nature Conservancy scientist based in a Midwestern state, Steve Chaplin thinks a lot about the impact agriculture has on ecological treasures such as native tallgrass prairie. “Other than plowing, grazing has probably been responsible for the degradation of more prairie than any other source,” says Chaplin, who is in the Conservancy’s Minnesota field… Read more »