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