How can we better align policy on water, energy, agriculture, land use, and more? Policies in one arena impact the others.
MN finishes 8 million hogs a year. Using perennial crops for just 10% of their finishing rations (for example: intermediate wheat grass) would put 330,000 acres of new, profitable perennial crops on the land.
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
Gov. Dayton should set an ambitious goal of 20% more living cover on the land by 2020 and direct state resources to help farmers utilize more cover crops and more perennial crops. Most farmland is without plant cover most of the year, leaving the land vulnerable to soil erosion and runoff for eight months every year. Corn and soybeans make up 75% of Minnesota farmland and cover the soil for only 110 days of the year. ...more »