Drainage is a key infrastructure component on many Minnesota farms, and many of these drainage systems are in need of repair, expansion or redesign.
Farmers and farmland owners considering the future of their drainage systems need to be aware of the latest regulatory measures, new technologies that are changing the way drainage is done, and programs that help incorporate the best available science into new or renovated drainage systems.
In addition, the state's agriculture, drainage and water quality recently have made the news. Two state-level events have them in the spotlight: the new Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification pilot program and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's nitrates in surface waters report.
So it is very timely that the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center will host a "Wetlands and Drainage Seminar" to bring farmers up to speed on drainage and industry challenges. The first forum will be held Tuesday, July 30, at Jackpot Junction near Morton, with a repeat of the same forum on Wednesday, July 31, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead.
Both seminars start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 3:30.
There is no charge for the day due to the generous support of MAWRC members.
The MAWRC is a consortium of 20 statewide farm organizations working together to help farmers address water quality issues.
The forum will be moderated by Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota. Presentations include:
-Multipurpose Drainage: Design Concepts and Practices for Multiple Benefits – Al Kean, Board of Water and Soil Resources
-Incorporating Conservation in Agriculture Drainage Projects – Don Baloun, Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist
-Agriculture Wetland Mitigation Banking: How does it work? – Les Lemm, BWSR
-A Farmer's Perspective – Doug Albin from Yellow Medicine County
-Drainage design and other factors influencing tile discharge – David Mulla – University of Minnesota
-A Legal Perspective: Things Landowners Need to Know – Kurt Deter, Rinke Noonan attorney-at-law
For more information, please call MAWRC 651-768-2106 or log onto www.mawrc.org