Talk of how agriculture can improve soil quality seems to be popping up more frequently these days. Perhaps the most exciting recent mention was in an issue of Successful Farming magazine, which has produced an impressive package of stories called The Good Earth. Most of what’s in this package won’t be news to anyone who’s… Read more »
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Last week I travelled with twelve other Minnesotans to Washington, DC with the Healing Our Waters Coalition. We were lobbying for three main issues: Continued funding for the Great Lakes Initiative, support for conservation programs in the Farm Bill and support for the Stop Asian Carp bill. Here are some observations Recommend on Facebook Share… Read more »
Surprise and intimidation can be powerful tools when backers of major development seek to build a large facility in a small, rural township. For a town board used to dealing with mundane issues like gravel road maintenance and ditch mowing, to be suddenly confronted with a proposal for a large-scale industrialized livestock operation, garbage burner… Read more »
Defending Community and Township Rights Rep. Beard (R-Shakopee) and Sen. Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake) introduced H.F. 389 and S.F. 270, bills that weaken township and community rights and make it more difficult for citizens to work through their local units of government to make sure large-scale developments don’t harm the well being of their communities. Merely… Read more »
By MEP member group National Parks Conservation Association On Thursday, March 1, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation that threatens one of America’s national parks. We need you to tell your representative to vote NO on S.1134. At the same time park budgets face cuts, S. 1134 paves the way for the construction… Read more »
Nice irony: when a key committee passed House File 389 last Wednesday, it was by a 9 to 5 vote, which is less than the two-thirds majority the bill imposes on local governments that want to enact a temporary freeze on major development—the kind of development that can change a community forever. Apparently, some legislators… Read more »
It’s disheartening when our legislative leaders are so out of step with Minnesotans. Statewide polling done earlier this year by a professional bipartisan polling team found that the majority of Minnesotans want strong environmental protections.
Okay, maybe winter hasn’t quite given up the ghost yet, but spring really will be upon us before we know it. A sure sign of that is CSA farms are firing up their greenhouses. Now that the farmers are preparing for the upcoming growing season, it’s the eaters’ turn: LSP’s 2012 directory of CSA farms… Read more »
MEP’s executive director Steve Morse was interviewed by the Cucking Stool yesterday after he testitfied in the state Senate’s Government Innovation committee against Senate File 1922.
By Anna Cioffi, Land Stewardship Project The Minneapolis City Council will be voting on the complete Urban Ag Text Amendments on March 1 during the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting. As we’ve reported here before, these text amendments are an important step toward making urban farming a key part of the city’s fabric. However, we… Read more »