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What Earth Day means to me

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Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to celebrate what the Great Outdoors mean to you. For me, it means spending time with my family. It means enjoying the sounds of nature while canoeing with my kids. It means camping and fishing, and enjoying all of what Minnesota has to offer. I grew up in… Read more »

Sand, Land & Land Stewardship

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By Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project For longer than I can remember, my family has taken the same route from our farm in southeast Minnesota to visit my grandparents in north-central Wisconsin. The first leg of the four-hour trip takes us across the Mississippi River and through the farmland, pastures and rolling, wooded hills of… Read more »

Forever Green & Highly Efficient Agriculture

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To understand why the Forever Green Initiative is so important to the future of Minnesota’s landscape, one has to consider this: there is a big difference between agricultural productivity and agricultural efficiency. In states like Minnesota, the spectacular productivity of our corn-soybean system is evident: bin busting yields are the norm. But there’s a lot… Read more »

Cover Crops: Insuring Against Disaster

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Thanks to the recently passed 2014 Farm Bill, federally subsidized crop insurance is an even bigger player in determining what the landscape looks like. That’s troubling, considering that in recent years that impact has been mostly negative, since the program removes most of the risk associated with plowing up acres formerly considered too erosive, wet… Read more »

Enbridge to replace tar sands with maple syrup

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 Facing unanticipated opposition to their Alberta Clipper expansion plans, Enbridge has announced they will replace the tar sands oil in their pipeline with Canada’s strategic maple syrup reserve. Canadian authorities have given approval to the switch, but will carefully meter Enbridge’s syrup use as the strategic maple syrup reserve is a relatively significant wellspring of national… Read more »

Steve Morse expresses PolyMet concerns to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

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Earlier in March, over 150 Great Lakes enthusiasts gathered in Washington D.C. for Great Lakes Days. Keynote speaker, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, discussed the Obama Administration’s disappointing budget cuts to integral Great Lakes programs. MEP Executive Director Steve Morse made a comment at a question-and-answer session with Gina McCarthy at Great Lakes Days. He took… Read more »

We count on your support!

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Now is the time to support us in protecting the Minnesota you love As you may be aware, the Minnesota State Legislature is in session now, and our coalitions are actively engaged in advancing top environmental priorities. We are working to make sure that sulfide mining proposals don’t threaten our beloved Boundary Waters, that triclosan… Read more »

MEP welcomes Tara Skar!

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership is happy to announce that Tara Skar will be joining us as a Campaign Session Intern! Born and raised in Minnesota, Tara Skar moved to sunny Los Angeles to complete her undergraduate degree at Occidental College. While on campus she worked as Student Assistant for Sustainability, bringing more local, organic food to… Read more »

Cover Crops: Not Just Foul Weather Friends

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Cover crops proved themselves foul weather friends during the Great Drought of 2012. A groundbreaking farmer survey conducted in the Upper Mississippi River watershed showed that during that year’s brutal growing season keeping the soil covered with small grains and other plants helped fields preserve enough precious moisture to provide a yield bump of, in… Read more »