Monthly Archives:: January 2017

Opponents of Minnesota’s buffer law claim it’s an unconstitutional taking. It’s not.

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Yesterday’s joint House Environment and Natural Resources and Agriculture committee hearing on implementation of Minnesota’s buffer program included quite a number of statements from legislators and testifiers claiming that the law constitutes a taking of private land by the government without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I,… Read more »

News Watch: January 23

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food Austin Daily Herald: Alternate to the buffer law; Mower farm is one of first ‘alternative practices’ approved for buffer law Austin Daily Herald: State farmers plan to curb runoff is… Read more »

News Watch: January 18

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food MPR: Minnesota farmers say Dayton plan to curb runoff is laced with problems Pioneer Press: Advice from a farm leader heading back to the prairie Pioneer Press: Smarter Lunchrooms Movement… Read more »

News Watch: January 12

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food Inforum: Farmers cut winter wheat acreage to 107-year low on supply glut MPR: Why going organic just got easier for farmers Climate Change  MPR: Alaskan village, citing… Read more »

News Watch: January 9

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food Agri News: Meet the new faces of farming featuring MEP member group Minnesota Food Association Brainerd Dispatch: Farm product marketing discussion set Jan. 14 The Daily Journal: Sustainable farming information… Read more »

News Watch: January 4

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons Agriculture & Food MPR: Chronic wasting disease found on central Minnesota farm Spring Grove Herald: LSP teaming up with Hatch to try and drive down health care costsfeaturing MEP member… Read more »

Commissioner Stine: Protect Family Farms & Get Environmental Review Right on Factory Hog Farm

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My family and I operate a dairy farm in Goodhue County’s Zumbrota Township in southeastern Minnesota. My father bought our farm in 1942, and I have lived on this land my whole life. My wife, my sister, my brother and I milk cows and raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa. We’re proud of the life we’ve… Read more »

We stand together around shared priorities

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Minnesota’s Great Outdoors is more than just the beautiful natural spaces, clean lakes, prairie lands and forests. It’s about the health and vitality of our people and communities. The coalition members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership believe that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. They go hand in hand. Our state’s growth… Read more »

Twin Metals: Victory for now, but still work to do

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Evidence has been piling up about the long-lasting risk that copper-nickel sulfide mining poses to Minnesota’s precious water and wild places. In 2014, Mount Polley’s “state of the art” sulfide mine in British Columbia burst a dam and spilled billions of gallons of polluted water into pristine lakes and rivers (https://www.earthworksaction.org/earthblog/detail/second_year_anniversary_of_mount_polley#.WGVWZbYrLSw). In 2015, the Gold… Read more »