LSP in the News

LSP in the News is a source for links to online newspaper, magazine, radio and television stories, letters-to-the-editor and commentaries that are about the Land Stewardship Project's work and our members.

General LSP Media Coverage

• On July 1, 2017, the Star Tribune described a new tax credit that gives Minnesota landowners an incentive to sell or rent land to beginning farmers. LSP was instrumental in getting the tax credit passed at the state legislature.

• On May 12, 2017, the Marshall Independent featured an article about LSP's work to reform healthcare.

• On May 12, 2017, the Rochester Post-Bulletin provided coverage of a Farm Bill meeting LSP held with U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.

• On May 5, 2017, the Winona Daily News reported on LSP's work to oppose a legal challenge to the Winona County frac sand mining ban.

• In the May 3, 2017, Star Tribune, LSP organizer Julie Arnold wrote a commentary about what policies the Minnesota Legislature can pass that will support clean water.

• The April 13, 2017, edition of the Guardian described the barriers beginning farmers face and how initiatives like LSP's Farm Beginnings Program are helping them overcome these barriers.

• On April 11, Rodale's Organic Life described how the Farm Beginnings Collaborative is spreading LSP's beginning farmer training curriculum to several states.

• On Jan. 19, 2017, Brownfield Agriculture Radio Network broadcast an interview with LSP policy organizer and farmer Tom Nuessmeier. He talked about what LSP members are saying they would like to see prioritized in the next Farm Bill. Nuessmeier spoke at LSP's "Roots for our Future: Building Soil & New Farmers" event recently.

• On Jan. 19, 2017, Brownfield Agriculture Radio Network broadcast an interview with LSP member-farmer Eric Kreidermacher. He talked about how he is building soil health on his diverse southeastern Minnesota farm, and why he feels positive about the future of agriculture. Kreidermacher spoke at LSP's "Roots for our Future: Building Soil & New Farmers" event recently.

• The Dec. 31, 2016, edition of the Rochester Post-Bulletin named LSP organizer Johanna Rupprecht the "Newsmaker of the Year" for her work leading a 17-month campaign that culminated in a ban on frac sand mining activities in Winona County, Minn.

• The Nov. 22, 2016, edition of the Star Tribune featured a report on the Winona County Board passing a precedent-setting countywide ban on frac sand mining. This vote was the culmination of a 17-month campaign led by LSP and its members.

WorkDay Minnesota on Nov. 16, 2016, described LSP and other groups' reaction to the news that the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is dead for now.

• The Oct. 26, 2016, edition of the Winona Daily News described a preliminary Winona County Board vote on the countywide frac sand ban.

• The Rochester Post Bulletin reported on the Winona County frac sand ban preliminary vote on Oct. 26, 2016.

• The Star Tribune reported on Oct. 22, 2016, about how LSP members and other rural Minnesotans are struggling with record health insurance premium rate increases.

Agri News described LSP's soil health work with southeastern Minnesota farmers in its Oct. 12, 2016 edition.

• On Oct. 4, 2016, the Star Tribune reported on LSP's work in western Minnesota's Chippewa River watershed to help farmers adopt production systems that balance economics with healthy waters and soils.

• In the Oct. 1, 2016, issue of the Marshall Independent, LSP discussed the impacts of recent health insurance premium rate increases.

• The Le Suer News-Herald on Oct. 26, 2016, quoted LSP organizer and farmer Paul Sobocinski talking about the negative impacts of corporate agriculture.

• LSP discussed the impact health insurance premium hikes will have on farmers in the Sept. 15, 2016, issue of Agri News.

• On June 21, 2016, Big Picture Agriculture featured LSP's blog, “The Myth that Cattle are a Climate Change Catastrophe.”

• The September-October 2015 issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer described the work of the Chippewa 10% Project to balance clean water and farm profitability.

• In a Sept. 5, 2015, Rochester Post Bulletin article on the frac sand industry, LSP organizer Johanna Rupprecht talked about the need to be proactive on controlling mining and processing efforts in southeastern Minnesota.

• On Aug. 6, 2015, Agri News featured an article about LSP’s Cover Crop Network in southeastern Minnesota.

• The July 18, 2015, edition of the West Central Tribune featured an article about the Simon Lake BioBlitz, which was co-sponsored by LSP.

• On July 4, 2015, the Star Tribune ran “The Minnesota prairie: To blitz it is to know it,” a commentary on the Simon Lake BioBlitz, which was co-sponsored by LSP.

• On June 24, 2015, Star Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin reported on LSP members’ reactions to the elimination of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board.

• On June 12, 2015, LSP executive director George Boody appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Friday Roundtable, where the discussion centered on avian flu and agricultural trade issues, among other things.

LSP's Crop Insurance White Papers (Fall 2014)

In November and December 2014, LSP released a series of white papers on problems associated with federally subsidized crop insurance and ways it should be reformed. Various local, regional and national media outlets covered the release of the white papers:

Land Stewardship Project issues series of white papers outlining federal crop insurance flaws is an article published in The Country Today on Dec. 29, 2014. It describes LSP's analyses and critiques of federal crop insurance and outlines steps for reform.

Land Stewardship Project seeks crop insurance reform is an article published in the Saint Peter (Minn.) Herald on Dec. 14, 2014. It describes how LSP's Policy and Organizing Program is working to reform crop insurance.

Insuring Elephants is a column by nationally syndicated columnist Alan Guebert on Dec. 11, 2014. It describes how LSP's white papers, along with recent studies by the Government Accountability Office, are bringing the need for crop insurance reform into the national spotlight.

Report: Crop Insurance Manipulating Land Prices is a story that was broadcast on KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minn., on Dec. 10, 2014. In the story, LSP Policy Program director Mark Schultz and LSP farmer-member Tom Nuessmeier describe how the bulk of crop insurance benefits go to the largest crop producers, which is having a negative impact on the land and rural communities.

Crop Insurance Subsidies Push Land Prices Up, New Farmers Out is a story broadcast by Public News Service on Dec. 9, 2014. It describes how crop insurance inflates farmland prices to the point where it pushes beginning farmers out of the picture.

LSP: Crop Insurance Less Helpful to Beginners is a Dec. 9, 2014, article by Dan Looker, Business Editor at In it, LSP farmer-member Ryan Batalden describes how he utilizes crop insurance and discusses the irony of a "risk management" program being biased against production systems that are based on diverse rotations of crops, which have proven to be more resilient.

Scrutinizing Crop Insurance is a Dec. 5, 2014, article written by DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton. In the article, Tom Nuessmeier, a farmer and member of LSP's Federal Farm Policy Committee, talks about the need for reforming crop insurance.

A Second Crop Insurance Critique is a Dec. 2, 2014, article by Dan Looker, Business Editor at In the article, LSP farmer-member Darwyn Bach talks about how crop insurance needs to be a reliable safety net for all farmers, rather than a profit generator for a handful of the largest crop producers in the country.

LSP calls for crop insurance policy reform is a Dec. 2, 2014, article written by Anna Haecherl-Smith of the Marshall Independent. In the article, LSP's Paul Sobocinski describes how crop insurance has allowed corporations to create a situation where they've "privatized the profits and passed the costs onto the public."

Renewing Crop Insurance Debate is a Nov. 24, 2014, article by Dan Looker, Business Editor at The article describes LSP's “Crop Insurance—The Corporate Connection” white paper, which questions the amount of profits crop insurance companies are making off of a publicly-funded program.

General LSP Media Coverage

Plowed Under is an article published in the March/April 2014 edition of The American Prospect magazine. In the article, Land Stewardship Project Federal Farm Policy Committee member Darwyn Bach and LSP organizer Adam Warthesen talk about the role agriculture policy has played in the destruction of grasslands in the Upper Midwest.

Holistic grazing: A different approach to managing forage is an article published in the April 20, 2014, edition of Agri News. It describes a Land Stewardship Project/Practical Farmers of Iowa workshop on holistic grazing management.

U of M must help protect farm workers' rights is a commentary published in the March 26, 2013, edition of the Rochester Post Bulletin. Written by Ernesto Velez Bustos of Centro Campesino and Doug Nopar of LSP, it calls for the University of Minnesota and U of M Extension to take steps to prevent farm worker abuse on agricultural operations in the state.

Debate continues on frac sand mining's health, environmental impact was a call-in show broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit on Monday, March 25, 2013. It featured LSP organizer Johanna Rupprecht and LSP member Vince Ready talking about the need for a statewide moratorium on frac sand mining in Minnesota.

"Frac sand mining moratorium bill stirs debate" is a story broadcast Feb, 27, 2013, by Minnesota Public Radio. It describes the passage of a frac sand mining regulation bill by the Minnesota Senate's Environment and Energy Committee.

"Agency rules in favor of farm workers in labor dispute" is an article that appeared in the Feb. 24, 2013, edition of the Winona Post. It describes efforts on the part of LSP, Centro Campesino and the Latino Economic Development Center to ensure farm workers in Minnesota are treated fairly.

"Firm agrees to in-depth study on frac sand in Winona County" is an article that appeared in the Feb. 22, 2013, edition of the Star Tribune newspaper. It describes how pressure from LSP and others has prompted Minnesota Sands to put its proposed Winona County frac sand mines on hold so an extensive environmental study can be conducted.

Frac Sand Mining Coverage (2013)

On Feb. 19, 2013, Land Stewardship Project members and staff went to the Minnesota state capitol to testify about the need for stringent state regulations related to the frac sand mining industry. Various media outlets covered the press conference and subsequent hearing:

- St. Paul Pioneer Press: Frack sand fight comes to Minnesota Capitol

- Fox 9 News: FRACKING: Frac sand mining opponents call for statewide moratorium

- Minneapolis Star Tribune: Southeastern Minnesota asks
state for frac sand help

- Associated Press: Minn. lawmakers start silica sand mining hearings

- Winona Daily News: Frac sand reaches the Capitol

- Rochester Post Bulletin: Legislature enters silica sand discussion

- KARE 11 News: Minn. lawmakers start silica sand mining hearings

- WCCO News: Controversial Frac Mining Being Debated At State Capitol

- KSTP News: Minn. Lawmakers Start Silica Sand Mining Hearings

- Minnesota Public Radio: Contentious frac sand mining hearings start at Capitol

General LSP Media Coverage

Bobolink Central is an article published in the June 28, 2012, edition of Agri News. It describes how LSP board member Dan Specht is balancing productive farming with providing prime habitat for grassland bird species.

"People have power too" is a letter to the editor published in the Northfield News on March 27, 2012. It was written by LSP member Betsy Allister and describes an LSP meeting on corporate power she and her husband Andrew attended.

"High crop prices a threat to nature?" is an article published in the Nov. 28, 2011, edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It quotes LSP organizer Bobby King discussing the need for agriculture policy that rewards farmers for conservation practices.

"Urban Farming Laws Could Change in Minneapolis" is a story broadcast by KSTP TV Channel 5 on Nov. 29, 2011. It describes LSP's efforts to promote urban agriculture in Minneapolis, Minn.

"Zoned for farming" is an article that ran in the Nov. 28, 2011, edition of the Southwest Journal. It describes LSP's efforts to make zoning rules in Minneapolis, Minn., friendlier to urban agriculture.

• On Nov. 17, 2011, Agri News published a package of stories on beginning farmers. The articles described the introduction of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011, which includes several provisions developed by LSP and its allies. The stories also feature two LSP members who have recently launched farming operations.

• In October 2011, KLGR Radio broadcast an interview with LSP organizer Adam Warthesen where he talked about the introduction of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011.

"Pheasants and other benefits of conserving agricultural land" is an article that appeared in Ron Meador's "Earth Journal" column on the MinnPost website on Oct. 24, 2011. It describes how LSP is working to promote working lands conservation in farming areas.

"From desk job to Winona's Herbal Turtle Farms" is an article and video that was posted on the MinnPost website on Oct. 6, 2011. It describes the efforts of LSP Farm Beginnings graduate Bryan Crigler to launch his own farming enterprise.

"Troubled Waters: One year later, more trouble ahead" is an article that was posted on the Twin Cities Daily Planet website on Sept. 19, 2011. Written by LSP staffer Brian DeVore, it describes the state of water quality in the Mississippi River basin a year after it first emerged that the University of Minnesota attempted to censor a film on agricultural pollution.

"Helping the Next Generation of Farmers & Ranchers Get Started" is a story that was broadcast by the Public News Service on Oct. 24, 2011. It describes LSP's support for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011, which was recently introduced in Congress.