ASHLAND, Wis.—Interested in exploring what it takes to start a farm or in taking your current agricultural enterprise in a new direction? The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is holding a special “Beginning Farmer Day by the Bay” Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Agriculture and Energy Resource Center in Ashland (68760 State Farm Road). For more information, contact...
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Brian DeVore, LSP
821 East 35th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
BROOTEN, Minn. — Are you interested in a food-plot that supports wildlife all winter long? Are whitetails putting pressure on your winter feed pile? Do you have an empty field after a small grain or silage harvest? Would you like to see more wildlife traffic on your property? A Land Stewardship Project (LSP) field day on cover crops and farmland wildlife habitat will be...
In Recent Actions, MPCA & DNR Indicate Resolve to Enforce Frac Sand Protections
WINONA, Minn.—The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) ruled Aug. 22 that the CD Corporation’s proposal to expand its frac sand shipping facility at the Winona Port cannot proceed until an environmental review is completed. State law passed in 2013 requires...
ALTURA, Minn. — Members and friends of the Land Stewardship Project will gather for a summer potluck picnic, dairy tour and program on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Mark and Kathy Brosig farm outside of Altura. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share and to RSVP by Aug. 21 by calling 507-523-3366 or e-mailing ...
Topics Discussed Included Soil Health
& Livestock Management
SUNBURG, Minn. — Land Stewardship Project farmer- leaders Jess and Tammy Berge hosted Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, on their family farm on Aug. 7. Over 20 farmers and rural residents attended the meeting and farm tour to...
‘Opportunities with Perennials’ Featured at Women Caring for the Land Gathering Aug. 26 in Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — How perennial “third crops” can add value to the two-crop system of corn and soybeans will be the focus of the Land Stewardship Project’s next Women Caring for the Land gathering Tuesday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Seppanen Organic Farm near Alexandria. This event is free and open to all women farmland owners, with...
Mine is First Test Case for 2013 Law Establishing DNR Silica Sand Mining Trout Stream Setback Permit
RUSHFORD, Minn. — The owner of a controversial Houston County silica sand mine was notified July 28 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that he must stop mining and apply for a DNR Silica Sand Mining Trout Stream Setback Permit. The...
DASSEL, Minn. —The basics of starting up a smaller scale grass-fed beef farm will be covered during a field day on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Dennis and Colleen Compton farm near Dassel (73669 CSAH 15, Dassel, MN ...
Presidential Ceremony for Land Stewardship Project Members Ryan & Tiffany Batalden Today
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Southwestern Minnesota beginning farmers Ryan and Tiffany Batalden will be honored as “Champions of Change” during a White House ceremony today, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT. The Bataldens are Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members and...
2014-2015 Classes Offered in Central Minn., Lake Superior Region & SW Wis.
Applications for one of the nation’s leading beginning farmer courses are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 class session. Those who register for the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings course by Friday, Aug. 1, will receive a $100 discount off the regular $1,500 tuition fee....
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A Racial Justice and Urban Agriculture Rally will be held at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (2117 West River Road) on Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 4:45 p.m. The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) and Hope Community will be joined by more than 100 Minneapolis residents...
New Farm Bill Allows Farmers to Secure Conservation Benefits on Working Farmland for 5 More Years
Farmers participating in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) can renew expiring contracts between July 11 and Sept. 15, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced last week.
CSP offers farmers five-year contracts to secure and enhance...
GLENWOOD, Minn. — The public is invited to get to know their natural neighbors during the “Simon Lake BioBlitz” on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Sheep Berry Fen near Glenwood. To reserve a spot and for more information, contact Robin Moore at 320-269-2105 or
Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Winona County Board’s 2013 decisions to issue a permit to the Nisbit frac sand mine in Saratoga Township without ordering a comprehensive environmental review in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Twelve Winona County residents had appealed the board’s decisions in light of the mine’s potential to...
DECORAH, Iowa —A one-day field course on Holistic Biological Monitoring will be held Saturday, May 31, on a pastured beef farm near Decorah. The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) are co-organizing the training, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It is open to anyone with a goal to manage land for biodiversity and profit. To register by...
GLENWOOD, Minn. —The Women Caring for the Land group will meet Tuesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood (105 N. Franklin Street).
There is no charge and a light lunch will be provided. Reserve a spot by contacting Land Stewardship Project (LSP) organizer Rebecca White at ...
Citizens Deliver 6,000 Petition Signatures to Gov. Dayton Calling for 2-Year Moratorium on Frac Sand Mining
Governor Called on to Use Executive
Authority Granted by the Critical Areas Act
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Governor Mark Dayton received resounding proof today that Minnesotans want the state to take a hard look at the controversial frac sand mining industry. Over 6,000 petition signatures and the results of a new statewide poll were delivered to the...
Poll Shows Majority of Minnesotans Oppose Increased Frac Sand Mining & Favor 2-Year Moratorium for SE MN
Earth Day Frac Sand Event Planned
for Noon at the State Capitol
WINONA, Minn. — Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frac sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and state regulations are developed,...
USDA Announces $19.2 Million Through the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program for Groups that Focus on Assisting Beginning Farmers
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The USDA today announced the availability of $19.2 million in funds for groups that assist beginning farmers through training and other support initiatives. This is the first grant cycle of...
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A court hearing on the citizens’ appeal of the first frac sand mine permitted by Winona County will take place Thursday, April 10, in Rochester. Attorneys for the appellants and for Winona County will present oral arguments before a panel of three Minnesota Court of Appeals judges. The hearing is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. at the Olmsted County...
April 4, 2014
Dr. Burl Haar, Executive Secretary
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place East, Suite 350
Saint Paul, MN 55101-2147
Cattle Producers Vote Down Proposed Doubling of Checkoff by Wide Margin
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced April 1 the results of the proposed referendum by the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council that sought to increase the existing beef checkoff by an...
STARBUCK, Minn. — A free presentation on how to use livestock as a tool for improving soil health will be given at the Starbuck Community Center (305 E. 5th St.) Wednesday, April 16. A meal will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation to follow at 6 p.m. To reserve a spot or for more information on this Land Stewardship Project event, contact Andy Marcum at...