Cleaning Up Minnesota’s Corporate Agriculture

Agriculture has played an important role in Minnesota’s history and will undoubtedly be a critical part of Minnesota’s future – Minnesota is one of the states for crop production in the country. Unfortunately, there are environmental challenges associated with Minnesota’s role in providing food and fiber for the world.

Green pennycress, one potential cover crop photo: flickr.com/50697352@N00 CC BY-SA 2.0

Greening the Farm Landscape

Cover crops are an essential tool in protecting water quality while simultaneously offering a host of benefits to farmers.

Wildflowers. photo: flickr.com/activesteve CC BY-ND 2.0

Changing the Landscape

Federal law has mandated American refineries to mix increasing amounts of corn-based ethanol into gasoline since 2007. However, the environmental impacts of the “corn boom” may be outweighing the benefits of the biofuel.

pesticide being applied to fields. photo: shutterstock, Stockr

Minnesota’s Buffer Bill: We Need More “Roots on the Ground”

One of the greatest threats to the quality and health of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and streams comes in the form of excess chemicals, fertilizers, and sediment from irresponsible agricultural practices.

From We All Live Downstream

Minnesota Capitol / photo: flickr.com/ktylerconk (CC BY 2.0)
January 9, 2017

As the 2017 legislative session opens up in St. Paul, we are focused on key priorities to protect our water, communities, and health.

Minnesota Capitol building (istock, fotoguy22)
May 31, 2016

As the brief 2016 legislative session ended, it was clear that this session would end like the 2015 legislative session did, riddled with missed opportunities to protect Minnesota’s environment and public health.

photo: flickr.com/23155134@N06 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
May 18, 2016

There’s nothing better on a spring or summer day in Minnesota than enjoying a relaxing day in the sun, swimming or fishing on your favorite lake or river. Unfortunately, in many parts of the state this isn’t possible or safe because the water isn’t clean enough. Excess chemicals, fertilizers, and sediment from irresponsible agricultural practices are among the biggest obstacles to the quality and health of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and streams.