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Fully fund Forever Green research at U of M into new cover crops and perennial crops

At the U of M the Forever Green initiative is leading the way in developing new cover crops and perennial crops that work in Minnesota's climate and developing markets for these crops. The U of M has the talent and infrastructure to move this work forward dramatically with adequate funding from the state. Without this research and outreach to farmers we cannot get the living cover on the land that we need to clean ...more »

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Full funding for UofM Forever Green Initiative

Fully fund the ​University of Minnesota's Forever Green Initiative ​to develop innovative, economically viable cropping systems that also protect our land, air and water. Millions of acres of agricultural land sits bare of vegetation for 8 months of the year in Minnesota. These lands are prone to erosion and runoff pollution. We need continuous living cover (like perennial grasses and cover crops) throughout Minnesota’s ...more »

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Soil Health

The USDA NRCS Soil Health initiative recognizes 4 basic principals; minimize tillage, keep soil covered, leave living roots in the ground year around, and increase crop diversity (both the bible and George Washington advocated a seven year rotation). Additionally, properly integrating livestock on the landscape dramatically improves soil health. Healthy soil reduces fertilizer needs, improves plant health, increases ...more »

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Ban aerial application of all pesticides labeled as "severely toxic" to aquatic organisms

Many restricted use pesticides, especially fungicides and insecticides, are labeled as "severely toxic" to aquatic organisms. Many are applied by aircraft and are subject to drift and runoff. Some are applied during the middle of the growing season when intense rainfall and runoff into streams, rivers and lakes creating the risk of fish kills. The aerial application of these pesticides should be banned in Minnesota. ...more »

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Empower those doing the work

Too often there are laws on the books in MN that are not enforced. With different personalities at all levels of government, leadership seems to enforce laws differently and we hear from state employees that they are not allowed to enforce the rules on the books. Empower those doing the work to enforce the law. Do not let politics get in the way of doing what is right. Please direct the Commissioners to enforce the ...more »

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Reinstate MPCA Citizen Advisory Board

MPCA Citizen Advisory Board gave a voice to everyday people. Agribusiness - industrial agriculture does not want regulation or oversight. GIVE BACK a voice to MN citizens!!

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Make Drain Tile Point Source

Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »

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Return to Your Roots

It wasn't that long ago that we had many more farmers that diversified their crops. They understood the need to care for the land. It wasn't about "Bigger, Better, More...More...More" A mono-crop culture is not sustainable. SWMN is a desert of black dirt that blows around and nothing grows without chemicals. There is a huge difference between soil (living) and dirt (dead). All of the chemical applications that are ...more »

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Perennial cover is key!

Minnesota made an important step in the right direction by passing buffer legislation last year. But in order to ensure clean water for future generations we need to do much more. Our ultimate goal should be to have no less than ten percent of the land in each of Minnesota's watersheds in perennial cover. Research confirms that planting small strips of native prairie on agricultural land protects water quality by dramatically ...more »

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Love Water Not Oil

Let’s protect Minnesota’s remaining pristine water from massive big oil projects. The Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Replacement oil pipelines through a major new corridor pose a threat to the iconic headwaters of the Mississippi river, wetlands, forests, and trout streams. Support transfer of control of the Environmental Impact Statement to the environmental agencies, give tribes a seat at the table, work with federal ...more »

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Polluter Pays place an excise tax on fertilizer and pesticides to pay costs for water treatment

Placing an excse tax on all fertilizer and pesticides based on the annual cost to install water treatment systems, drill new wells and and clean up polluted water ways will both discourage the widesprea overuse of chemicals, place the burden of the costs of pollution back on the polluter, and reduce the finiancial burden on communites and individuals who have to pay to treat water

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Require farmers selling corn to ethanol plants to be certified for Water Qualit Protection

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is voluntary and requires some of the Best Management Practices to protect our water. If ethanol producers, who consume about 30% of our corn, required MAWQC to sell corn for ethanol the industry, and the farmers would show a real committment to rural water quality.

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