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: 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: 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.

Recycling collected at Bassett Creek cleanup

Earth Day Cleanup at Bassett Creek Park!

Bassett Creek is an essential part of the Minneapolis landscape but it has struggled with litter and pollution.

From We All Live Downstream

Farm Field
November 27, 2018

The 2019 Minnesota State Legislative Session starts January 8th.  In the weeks leading up to the start of session we are going send you a brief weekly preview of the issues we want to address and the solutions we will be pushing at the Capitol. This week’s focus is on excessive runoff from corporate, industrial agricultural farm fields in Minnesota.

Minnesota Capitol Rotunda Inside Dome-evilfoo
November 12, 2018

Voters went to the polls in record numbers in the 2018 mid-term elections. According to a preliminary estimate from the Secretary of State's office, nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans voted in-person on Tuesday or by absentee ballot, giving the state its highest voter turnout for a non-presidential election since 2002. People were eager to make their voices heard – and they did.

Minnesota State Capitol-Drew Geraets
April 24, 2018

We are halfway through the Minnesota 2018 legislative session and it’s been made clear that some of our lawmakers are not willing to put our environment and public health first. They are placing policies that ignore science and weaken protections for our land, air, and water before people.