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WATER QUALITY

Several top U.S. Department of Agriculture and Biden administration officials in late April told the North American Agricultural Journalists in their national meeting that they are moving ahead on perennial concerns for farmers, including Waters of the United States rules, and crop insurance improvement.
The governor touted the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, saying it's an example of voluntary collaboration that protects soil and water, with incentives giving participants more profits.
Grants from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources have been distributed in areas directly affecting impaired waters. 53 lakes, and segments of rivers and streams are proposed for delisting this year.
Minnesota's Groundwater Protection Rule restricts fertilizer applications in some areas.

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Farms enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program last year saw profits 20% higher than non-certified farms.
Included in their challenges is farming land that has no small number of lakes, ponds, wetlands, and creeks as well as having fields that vary from little or no slope to areas that are steeply sloping.
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, which began in 2014, has certified 977 farms over 685,000 acres in the state.
The visual project can be watched on YouTube and illustrates the complex movement of water across three different geologic landscapes in the Root River Watershed.
Kara Nell is working on ways to eliminate nitrates from water.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- More than 500,000 acres of Minnesota farmland is now enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. The program marked the milestone at Jon and Carin Stevens' Maple Grove Farm near Rush City in Pine...

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Many areas covered by the Obama administration's "waters of the U.S." rule would be removed from federal oversight under a proposal released today by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.
To the editor: Water quality is a contentious issue across the country. For example, in Iowa, continued high nitrogen, phosphorous, bacteria, and sediment levels in surface waters threaten public health and outdoor recreation. In 2012, the state ...
RENVILLE, Minn. -- Producers with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative harvested a whopping 3.67 million tons of sugar beets last season, one of the cooperative's largest crops on record.

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