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National experts to address water concerns June 24 in Mankato, Minn.

MANKATO -- The Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition will host a seminar on sediment transport and the role of agricultural drainage from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 24 at the Country Inn and Suites in Mankato.

Farmers are encouraged to attend to learn more about the science behind protecting Minnesota's soil and how to engage in soil and water conversations in their communities.

The program will feature nationally renowned researchers who work to ensure water quality programs are directed toward real solutions to protecting the environment. Speakers include: University of California Los Angeles geologist Stanley Trimble, Oklahoma State University soil scientist Garey Fox and several University of Minnesota agricultural and climate experts.

"Farmers really need to know which farming practices make a difference to water quality," said Steve Sodeman, Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition chairman. "Minnesota farmers care about our water and preserving our soil. The speakers represent over 100 years of expertise on this topic. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how their farm management is connected to positive solutions to preserving Minnesota's waters."

The seminar is open to the public and includes lunch. No registration is required. The sediment seminar is hosted by the Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition and sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.