Posts Categorized: agriculture

Lecture on ‘confounding problem’ of nitrogen pollution

Posted by & filed under agriculture, air pollution, clean air, climate change, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Global Warming, Health, Water.

Nitrogen. It makes up three-fourths of the air all around us. It cascades through our environment between land, water and the atmosphere. It is critical to agricultural production that feeds the world. And it is a byproduct of all the fossil fuels we consume. In the United States, we put five times more nitrogen into… Read more »

Interested in farming? Consider Morris Farm Beginnings

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

By the time he was 20, Nolan Lenzen had already completed a dairy management course at a local college and launched a farming career in partnership with his father and grandfather. They were milking 90 cows in a tie-stall barn and cropping 300 acres near the south-central Minnesota community of Watertown. Some might say it… Read more »

Bud Markhart’s Sustainable Legacy

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The sustainable agriculture community lost a true friend this week when Bud Markhart passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. I had the opportunity to interview Markhart last fall for an LSP podcast. He was a professor of horticultural science at the U of M, and so it’s no surprise that he made his… Read more »

Senate Listens to Public & Makes Crop Insurance More Accountable to the Environment

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The  U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill this week. While it’s far from perfect, specific amendments related to conservation and accountability  that were passed during the floor vote give one hope that the voices of average citizens can be heard inside the Beltway. Let’s hope this is a sign of things… Read more »

Battling Diabetes on the Street & in the Garden

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One can almost detect the longing in Denise Crews’ voice when she describes what foods she misses the most since she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “The hardest thing to give up was the fried chicken—Popeyes, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Their biscuits. The grease,” Crews told me during a recent LSP podcast interview at a… Read more »

Rolling Our Land To Death

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I sat in a farmhouse one afternoon last month as a hot wind lifted rich topsoil from surrounding fields. On the drive in, I’d noticed a surprising amount of rill erosion on newly tilled cropland—surprising because recent rains had not been all that intense and the fields were not unusually steep. Out of the blue… Read more »

As Senate Farm Bill Heads to Vote Next Week, Now’s the Time to Reform Crop Insurance

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

By Adam Warthesen, Land Stewardship Project— Well, this is it. The Senate Ag Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill is up for a floor vote the week of June 4, and boy does it need an overhaul before it’s finalized. The biggest area in need of reform is the massive giveaway of $95 billion… Read more »

Diverse Coalition Urges Farm Operators To Do Their Fair Share to Clean Up Rivers

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Loon Commons blog, Press Release, Water.

St. Paul, MN (May 29, 2012) – A unique coalition of Minnesota cities, conservation groups and farm and business representatives today called upon the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to hold farm operators accountable for cleaning up their share of run-off pollution flowing into the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Standing in front of the Minnesota Pollution… Read more »

2012’s Environmental Gains and Losses

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Energy, Funding for the Environment, Health, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Polling, renewable energy development, solar, solar power, State Budget, transportation, transportation planning, Water.

By Steve Morse, executive director of MEP Now that the 2012 Legislative session has ended and the commotion about the stadium has somewhat subsided, let’s look back at what our elected leaders did on some issues that garnered less press, but faced significant threats: Minnesota’s water and Great Outdoors. Sadly, for those keeping score, the… Read more »

Lecture on Clean Water Act

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G. Tracy Mehan III, an environmental consultant and former top water-quality official in the Environmental Protection Agency, will present a free public lecture on the Clean Water Act, enacted 40 years ago this fall. The lecture, sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, is titled “The Clean Water… Read more »