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Senate Farm Bill Falls Short on Conservation, Family Farm Ag

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By Adam Warthesen, Land Stewardship Project On April 26, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 16 to 5. The bill, which includes $23 billion in cuts over the next 10 years, is anticipated to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote yet… Read more »

The Ominous Environmental Bill

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I know, let’s sell Split Rock Lighthouse State Park! Think how much tax income we could secure if it was private condos along those six miles of shoreline! All those pesky citizens around Ely and Isabella, asking the state’s executive council to protect their private property from mineral leases underneath? Let’s cut them off. And,… Read more »

Why is James E. McWilliams Ignoring the Facts on Sustainable Ag?

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History Professor James E. McWilliams’ recent doubled-barreled attack on sustainable livestock production and the local food movement in general is so contradictory and full of factual holes, it’s tough to know where to begin to pick it apart. But it must be picked apart, since it has appeared in the New York Times and subsequently… Read more »

Coalition to Congressional Delegation: Incorporate Minnesota principles into Farm Bill

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Thirty-six organizations recently sent a letter to Minnesota’s Congressional delegation asking for their support in helping Minnesota through parts of the Federal Farm Bill. Read the full letter here (pdf). Excerpt from the letter: Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus Tweet about it

Our Green Heroes

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Timberwolves team president Chris Wright and Twolves mascot Crunch presented Merlene and Jim Stiles with an autographed team picture during their halftime recognition. On April 9, 2012, the Minnesota Environmental Partnership was honored at the Minnesota Timberwolves game as part of their ‘Think Green Month.’ We were able to salute a few of MEP’s key… Read more »

Crop Insurance: A Safety Net Becomes a Threat

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When it comes to the crop insurance sweepstakes, southwest Minnesota farmer Darwyn Bach is a winner. But he concedes that his good fortune presents a quandary, since the way the program is implemented these days creates significant losers: the soil, beginning farmers and Main Street businesses that suffer when the number of families in a… Read more »

MPCA Deliberates on Haze Pollution

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) held a special Citizens’ Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, to decide their plan to address haze pollution in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Park, and Is…

Anti-Local Control Bill Fails in Senate; Now Let Lawmakers Know it Should be a Dead Issue

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By Bobby King, Land Stewardship Project Last week the bill weakening local control, Senate File 270, came up on the Senate floor, met with strong opposition, and failed to pass. This is significant for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that the bill was given the thumbs down even after key… Read more »