• Paula Mohr

    Churning Up U.S. Waters

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 21, 2014

    The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union are on opposite sides of the lake when it comes to the EPA's proposed rule regarding provisions of the Clean Water Act. Last Friday in a press call in MInnesota, Chandler Goule, NFU senior vice president of programs, said that some farm organzations are "agitating" the issue. He did not specifically mention groups by name. "It is not a rule or a law, so stop throwing gas on a fire that is not there,"…

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    Who Knew About MDA's Advisory Committee Filing Deadline?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on March 4, 2014

    In its February notice of board and committees vacancies, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State posted that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture was seeking applicants for the 15-member Agricultural Water Quality Certification Advisory Committee. The term for the first committee that helped launch the state’s new ag water quality certification pilot program is ending later this spring. Application forms were available online and had to be submitted by February 25. I learned…

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    Soil's Secrets

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     by Paula Mohr
     on January 3, 2013

    Farmers know a lot about soil. They study it, test it, nurture it, plant in it, drain and tile it, protect it. Yet there is more to learn about this importance substance that we so often take for granted. We might know a lot about the soil under our feet today, yet chances are that most folks don't know the evolution of soils, the various soil types in the U.S. and around the world, and the importance of soils in everyday lives. Thanks to a traveling Smithsonian exhibit…

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