Action Alerts

Welcome to the Land Stewardship Project Action Alerts page. The Land Stewardship Project periodically sends out Action Alerts that describe how citizens can make their voices heard on critical issues related to family farming, the environment and our rural communities.

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  • Act Now: Help Win More Funding for Farm to School

    Where and how our public money is allocated by the Minnesota Legislature reflects the values that our lawmakers are acting on and determines how impactful the policies and programs that we enact can be. Right now, we have an opportunity to increase the funding and impact of Minnesota's Farm to School program, but we need your help.

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  • Stop the Free Ride for Factory Farms: Environment & Natural Resources Bill to be Debated Monday, April 19

    On Monday, April 19, the full Minnesota State Senate will be debating, amending, and voting on this year's Environment and Natural Resources omnibus budget bill (Senate File 959). This bill contains several troubling policy provisions that would prioritize factory farms and other polluting industries above what's right for people and the land. This is a critical time for your State Senator to...

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  • Share Your Story, Build Power for Soil Health Legislation!

    Thank you for taking action and being engaged with the Land Stewardship Project this legislative session! Many of you have been key to powering our 100% Soil Healthy Farming campaign at the Legislature and making sure farmers are provided with the resources they need to implement soil-healthy practices. But we have not crossed the finish line, yet!

    Negotiations between Minnesota House...

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  • Sign On: USDA Public Comment on Climate Policy

    This is a key moment to win federal investment in climate-smart agriculture.

    Do you want to ensure that climate policy benefits small to mid-scale farmers and ranchers? Do you want healthier rural communities and a more just and sustainable farm and food system? If so, we need your input now.

    President Joe Biden recently issued the "Executive Order on Tackling the Climate...

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  • Ask MN Legislators to Fund our Futures

    This legislative session, our elected leaders are crafting Minnesota's state budget for the next two years. We have choices to make as a state: will we stick with the status quo — even go backwards by allowing cuts to essential priorities — or, will we instead make bold investments in the common good and shared prosperity? By requiring the wealthiest households and profitable...

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  • 100% Soil-Healthy Farming Bill Introduction & Hearing!

    Exciting news! The Land Stewardship Project's comprehensive soil health bill was introduced in the Minnesota House last week by Rep....

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  • Act Now: Day One Demands for USDA Leaders

    On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris communicated clear priorities to address the needs of agriculture and rural communities, including: strengthening regional food systems and anti-trust enforcement, expanding conservation programs with a focus on soil health and carbon sequestration, increasing microloans for beginning farmers, and advancing racial...

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  • Sign the Petition Incentivizing 100% Soil Healthy Farming

    Farmers are on the front lines of the climate crisis — battling extreme weather and changing seasons while also building soil health to sequester carbon and manage water. In developing the Land Stewardship Project's Soil Health and Climate Campaign, our members were clear: now is the time for landscape-scale transformation.

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  • Protect Minnesota Voices During the 2021 Legislative Session

    The government of Minnesota belongs to the people of Minnesota — not outside corporate interests who want to write special laws for themselves at the expense of our communities and democracy.

    During the last three legislative sessions, the Land Stewardship Project and our allies in the Protect MN Voices Coalition successfully stopped efforts by outside corporate interests to...

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  • Help Extend Farmer-Lender Mediation Today

    The Land Stewardship Project is dedicated to fighting for a farm and food system rooted in environmental sustainability, democracy, and economic justice for rural communities. Part of our fight for economic justice in farming has been giving farms and farm families the time they need to financially recover from the effects of a farm economy that favors large operations, and the compounding...

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  • Put People & the Land Before Big Oil

    Nurturing the water, soil, and air that life depends on means we must move away from the extractive economic practices that define our current corporate-controlled economy. In 2019, Land Stewardship Project members came together to craft a bold "Vision For the Future," in which we collectively committed to shift farming practices so they restore life and carbon to our soil and work to decrease...

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  • UPDATE: Protect Southeastern MN from MN Sands' Frac Sand Proposal

    At its hearing on Sept. 9, members of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) made it clear that they are hearing an outpouring of concerns from southeastern Minnesotans about the frac sand industry's attempt to pave a path for frac sand mining across the region (see previous LSP action alert),...

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  • MN EQB Poised to Allow Frac Sand Mining Proposal in SE MN to Move Forward without EIS

    Urgent action is needed to protect southeastern Minnesota from the harmful impacts of the major frac sand mining, processing, and transportation operation proposed by the company Minnesota Sands, LLC.

    In March 2013, thanks to organizing and pressure from the people of southeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) enforced the requirement of an Environmental...

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  • Demand Justice at the MN Legislature During the Special Session

    Part of the Land Stewardship Project’s mission is to develop healthy communities for everyone, no exceptions. Racist violence is a clear violation of our strongly held belief that every person has value that cannot be earned or taken away. At the core of LSP’s work is our drive to create a society based on sustainability. Racism, along with the violence it spawns, is not...

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  • Final Push: Tell the Senate to Protect Farmers from Foreclosure Through Harvest

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    The Problem:

    After years of poor returns, farm prices have...

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  • Your Action Needed Today: Partway There on Pausing Farm Foreclosures

    Thanks to the hard work of the Land Stewardship Project's members and supporters who have lobbied their legislators by phone and sent e-mails from across the state, the Minnesota Legislature has taken an important first step to protect small to medium-size farms. Farm foreclosures and mediation deadlines are on pause for 60 days. However, 60 days is not...

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  • Farm Crisis Exacerbated by Covid-19: Urgent Action Needed

    As people across Minnesota and around the world face a global health pandemic, the reality of the farm crisis grows starker and more urgent. Small- to mid-sized farmers who strengthen our rural economies and act as stewards of the land and water face greater uncertainty in the production and distribution of the food we depend on.

    Now, more than ever, we recognize our interdependence...

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  • Our Farm Crisis Fight Back Needs Your Help

    Today, more than ever, we need to fight back against the farm crisis and support healthy rural communities, people, farmers, and families. Our fight back is rolling forward by getting our demanded solutions heard in the Minnesota Legislature. But right now with the outbreak of COVID-19, we're entering uncharted territory and we need your help to move forward safely and powerfully.

    This...

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  • IMPENDING VOTE: Contact Elected Officials to Protect Free Speech

    The government of Minnesota belongs to the people of Minnesota — not to outside corporate interests who write special laws for themselves that threaten our democracy.

    Land Stewardship Project members know why free speech is so important. Since the 1980s, members across the state have been leveraging our collective power to fight against farm foreclosures, consolidation, co-opted...

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  • Hands-Off Free Speech this MN Legislative Session

    The government of Minnesota belongs to the people of Minnesota — not outside corporate interests who want to write special laws for themselves at the expense of our communities and democracy.

    During the last two legislative sessions, the Land Stewardship Project and our allies successfully stopped efforts by outside corporate interests to weaken our free speech rights, which...

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  • Sign LSP's Farm Crisis Petition

    Pulling Together. Moving Forward. Stand with LSP on the Farm Crisis.

    The pain of this crisis is not being felt by agribusiness and corporate interests that continue to make profits at the expense of farmers and rural communities. The fact is that there is money in agriculture, but farmers are not getting a fair share of the economic benefits being generated by the food they...

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  • The 2019 MN Legislative Wrap-up

    LSP Members Shaped the Outcomes & Continue to Build Power to Make Transformational Vision a Reality

    During the recently concluded session of the Minnesota Legislature, Land Stewardship Project members from across the state were deeply engaged in advancing our vision for a...

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  • MN Lawmakers: Negotiating Away Our Rights Behind Closed Doors is NOT an Option

    With the Minnesota state legislative session ending Monday, May 20, at midnight, it's looking like a final budget will not be agreed upon before adjournment. This means the differences between the budgets and policies proposed by the House, the Senate, and Governor Tim Walz will likely be negotiated behind closed doors by just a few top leaders. A special legislative session will be required...

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  • Action Needed (Again!) to Secure Full Funds for Forever Green

    With just a few days left in the Minnesota legislative session, we need another push to ensure the state fully funds its investment in the Forever Green Initiative. Members of the Legacy Finance conference committee will begin to meet this week and need to hear from Minnesotans across the state.

    This is the first time that full funding for the ...

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  • Tell your State Representative to Protect Free Speech

    The government of Minnesota belongs to the people of Minnesota — not outside corporate interests who want to write special laws for themselves at the expense of the rest of us. Right now, these outside corporate interests are attempting to weaken our free speech rights in a way that disproportionately targets Indigenous Minnesotans and other water protectors. This provision is included...

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