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April 23, 2018
The golden Quadriga stands atop the Minnesota Capitol as legislators move toward a May 21, 2018, end of their session. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Legislative roundup: MN House votes to dump wild rice water rules
April 23, 2018 - 4:29pm
April 13, 2018
Executive Director John Jaschke of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources announces Thursday, Oct.5, 2017, that 94 percent of farmers required to meet a Nov. 1 deadline to install buffers already have done so. Don Davis / Forum News Service file photo
Capitol Chatter: Lesson learned, vet major proposals well
April 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
April 10, 2018
This Stearns County, Minn., buffer was seeded and state officials checked. It filters pollution from water running into a nearby stream. Board of Soil and Water Resources photo
Amid controversy, state rips up proposal to raise buffer fines
April 10, 2018 - 4:47pm
March 16, 2018
Buffers of grass that filter crop land pollutants and soil out of water are required by Minnesota law. Submitted photo / Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Capitol Chatter: Buffer-related lawsuit fails
March 16, 2018 - 2:05pm
March 8, 2018
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Farmers will be seeding buffers along public ditches to meet the state's new law requiring 16.5 feet of perennial vegetation.  The Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District saw lots of interest to an increased cost-share offer it recently publicized.
Renville County's increased buffer offer boosts interest
March 8, 2018 - 7:04am
December 9, 2017
Kandiyohi County adopts buffer enforcement ordinance
December 9, 2017 - 9:19am
October 30, 2017
Executive Director John Janschke of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources said on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, that 95 percent of properties in the state comply with state buffer laws to protect water. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota farmland buffer enforcement may not be needed
October 30, 2017 - 5:23pm
October 5, 2017
Executive Director John Jaschke of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources announces Thursday, Oct.5, 2017, that 94 percent of farmers required to meet a Nov. 1 deadline to install buffers already have done so. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Many farmers comply with controversial buffer law
October 5, 2017 - 5:29pm
August 19, 2017
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A buffer is land adjacent to a stream, river, lake or wetland. Buffers are critically important to keeping water clean.
Renville SWCD ready to assist landowners in meeting buffer law
August 19, 2017 - 8:04am
May 30, 2017
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka tell reporters Tuesday night, May 31, 2017, that they think the governor's veto of legislative funding is unconstitutional. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Dayton signs Minnesota budget, but not bill funding Legislature
May 30, 2017 - 8:14pm
May 15, 2017
Dayton aide: 'I fell short' on ag comments
May 15, 2017 - 9:10pm
May 3, 2017
Kandiyohi County postpones decision on buffer law enforcement
May 3, 2017 - 6:01am
April 26, 2017
Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish says on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, that a recent series of meetings produced continuing concern from farmers about a law requiring them to take steps to protect water. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota farmers make buffer changes a top issue
April 26, 2017 - 10:57pm
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says on Wednesday, April 26,2017, that he remains committed to vetoing a bill that modifies or delays his buffer law. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota farmers make changes in buffer zones around water a top issue
April 26, 2017 - 4:42pm
April 18, 2017
A crowd gathers Tuesday, April 18, 2017, to support Minnesota House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman. They rallied to back her comments about white male lawmakers not listening to women of color. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota governor expects GOP transportation plan to win
April 18, 2017 - 5:57pm