Monthly Archives:: August 2017

News Watch: August 31

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  August 31, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Austin Daily Herald: Fall Field Day to follow-up on cover crops; Mower SWCD offering free tours of three farms on Oct. 31 Clean Energy… Read more »

News Watch: August 28

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  August 28, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food West Central Tribune: Finding a market for hemp: More than 2,000 acres planted in Minnesota this year Marshall Independent: Klobuchar touts Tru Shrimp’s possible impact on area farmers MPR News: An odd… Read more »

Insider: August 25, 2017

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    MEP Calls for Better Groundwater Pollution Solution Today, August 25, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is closing the comment period for its draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which theoretically aims to protect Minnesota’s water resources from nitrate pollution as mandated under the 1989 Groundwater Protection Act. In the 28 years since the Act was… Read more »

MEP Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule Letter

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August 25th, 2017 VIA EMAIL Larry Gunderson Minnesota Department of Agriculture 625 Robert Street North St. Paul, MN 55155 larry.gunderson@mn.state.us Dear Mr. Gunderson,  We, the undersigned organizations, thank you for the opportunity to provide written comment on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s proposed two-part Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule. About MEP The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) is a… Read more »

News Watch: August 24

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  August 24, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Star Tribune: Farmers across U.S. come to aid of drought-stricken North Dakota Owatanna People’s Press: REVOLutionizing lettuce, Medford greenhouse bringing the freshest greens Star Tribune: Retiring Andover farmers struggle… Read more »

News Watch: August 21

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  August 21, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Rochester Post Bulletin: Interest in soil health field days on the rise MPR News: A new generation of farmers faces mounting challenges Clean Energy MinnPost: Minnesota has the best community solar program… Read more »

Insider: August 18, 2017

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    Sustainability at the State Fair The Minnesota State Fair is only a few days away, and many of MEP’s friends and partners are preparing to join in the festivities in Falcon Heights with exhibits on sustainability, conservation, and a lot more! Environmental groups, state agencies, and sponsors from around Minnesota will bring food,… Read more »

News Watch: August 17

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  August 17, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Featured Article: Duluth News Tribune: Leech Lake tribe unveils new solar panel arrays to benefit low-income communities Agriculture & Food Faribault Daily News: In Rice County, cover cropping surges in popularity Marshall Independent: Tru Shrimp,… Read more »

Insider: August 11, 2017

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   map credit: Stop Line 3 Native youth take the lead to protect Minnesota from pipeline On Saturday, August 12, a team of indigenous youth will launch canoes in Itasca State Park, at the headwaters of the Mississippi, on a journey called Paddle to Protect. They’re a group on a mission to send a message to Enbridge and the State of Minnesota. That message: Line… Read more »

Insider: August 4, 2017

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   photo credit: MPCA EPA reverses delay of air-quality rules On Wednesday, August 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was undoing a previous decision to delay implementing new smog rules that would help reduce toxic air pollutants in the atmosphere, and would instead continue work on the rule as scheduled. The smog rule, which was created by… Read more »

News Watch: August 14

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  August 14, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Faribault Daily News: Farmers, professionals discuss how to build healthy soil Agweek: Fighting drought and flood with soil health West Central Tribune: Grain prices influence farm bill’s conservation compliance provisions… Read more »

News Watch: August 10

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  August 10, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Environmental Justice, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food MPR News: White Earth tribe holds high hopes for hemp Austin Daily Herald: Hog facility in Mower County looking to expand production West Central Tribune: Going underground… Read more »

News Watch: August 7

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  August 7, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Northfield News: Spilling the dirt on soil: workshops planned for Rice County Agweek: MDA encourages farmers to take survey on alleged dicamba damage La Crosse Tribune: Galesville dairy wins potential record stray voltage case against Xcel… Read more »

News Watch: August 7

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  August 7, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Northfield News: Spilling the dirt on soil: workshops planned for Rice County Agweek: MDA encourages farmers to take survey on alleged dicamba damage La Crosse Tribune: Galesville dairy wins potential record stray voltage case against Xcel… Read more »

Insider: August 4, 2017

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   photo credit: MPCA EPA reverses delay of air-quality rules On Wednesday, August 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was undoing a previous decision to delay implementing new smog rules that would help reduce toxic air pollutants in the atmosphere, and would instead continue work on the rule as scheduled. The smog rule, which was created by… Read more »

News Watch: August 3

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  August 3, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish Agriculture & Food Duluth News Tribune: Northern Minnesota’s wild rice crop looks good Star Tribune: Living Green Farms of Faribault is growing indoors West Central Tribune: MNYou reaps what it sowed: Youth group’s garden produce… Read more »