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Revision of the State’s Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

What is the “Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan”?

The original NFMP was developed by the Nitrogen Fertilizer Task Force as directed by the 1989 Comprehensive Groundwater Protection Act. The primary goal of the Plan is to prevent degradation of Minnesota’s water resources by efficiently managing nitrogen inputs to maintain farm profitability. The key prevention component is the promotion and adoption of voluntary BMPs. The Plan, as defined in statute, must also include appropriate responses to the detection of inorganic N from fertilizer sources including regulatory actions. The Plan is guided by a matrix of interactions between groundwater nitrate conditions and if producers are adopting the BMPs.

Why is MDA conducting the revision process?

The Plan was never fully implemented due to funding issues. However over the past twenty years, many of the general concepts were introduced and required tools were developed (such as FANMAP, field demonstrations, and low cost nitrate testing clinics) in a small number of Source Water Protection Areas. Many of these activities were implemented with soft money grants. MDA felt the Plan needed revisions to reflect the advancements and knowledge gained through these early efforts. With the recent financial assistance from the Clean Water Amendment and the growing environmental concerns of nitrate contamination in groundwater supplies, MDA strongly advises implementing the Plan to the fullest capacity possible.

Who is Involved?

The Committee includes local units of government (Dakota, Fillmore, and Rock Counties), the University of Minnesota (Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate), various Farm Groups (Ag Water Resources Center, Corn Growers, Potato Growers, Irrigators, MN Crop Production Retailers, and Independent Crop Consultants), Environmental Groups (The Freshwater Society and the Nature Conservancy), and State Agencies (Health, Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Pollution Control and Ag).

Timeframe for the revision process?

The Committee first started meeting in early 2011. MDA intends to have a draft ready for public comment in late winter (2012-13). The Committee has been meeting monthly for the last 22 months.

Fertilizing grass pastures

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mea ..... 
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Windbreaks: a long-term investment with environmental benefits

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist In many parts of Fillmore County, the constant force of wind exaggerates weather conditions and makes living in these areas seem unbearable. Cost share is now available to assist landowners in the establishmen ..... 
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June 28 Field Day at Willford Farm near Harmony highlights benefits of no-till

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Bob Joachim, NRCS District Conservationist A No-Till Field Day held at the Arden and Travis Willford farm southeast of Harmony on June 28th was very well attended with over 50 farmers and resource people in attendance. The Fillmore Soil and Water ..... 
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Duschee Hills Dairy receives award at MASWCD convention

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Pat and Chris Troendle, representing Duschee Hills Dairy LLC, of Lanesboro, attended the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual Convention in Minneapolis on December 4, 2012 to participate in the annual Outsta ..... 
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Is updating your conservation plans worth the time and effort? Update your conservation plans and receive a free plat book!

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist Some producers/landowners think updating their conservation plan is a difficult process that is not worth the time. I talked to a few of the producers around the county to get their thoughts on the pro ..... 
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New hayable buffer program for the south fork of the Root River

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Buffers can be very effective at trapping and controlling sediments, nutrients and pesticides before they enter streams or sinkholes. Streamside buffers comprised of perennial vegetation also reduce stream bank erosio ..... 
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Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) low interest loans

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Anne Koliha, Feedlot Engineering Technician Loan dollars are available to help correct existing water quality problems and used to restore or protect water quality. At an interest rate of 3 percent and for a term of 5 to 10 years, many local lender ..... 
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Plan Now to Attend Driftless Region Beef Conference

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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