The rulemaking process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) provides three opportunities for public involvement:
The Agency can proceed with a public hearing or without one. If held, the public hearing provides an additional formal opportunity for stakeholders to testify or submit written testimony in front of an Administrative Law Judge who presides over the hearing.
On completion, MDA will publish final adoption of rules. Most rules become effective five working days after they appear in the State Register.
Check with the agency contact person to inspect written comments, written requests for a public hearing, and names of parties who requested a public hearing.
Rule Number and Title: Minnesota Rule 1573: Groundwater Protection Rule
Subject Matter: Nitrogen fertilizer
Brief Rule Summary: The proposed rules are regarding the protection of groundwater from nitrate pollution due to agricultural chemicals, including nitrogen fertilizer, and agricultural practices. The proposed rules are authorized by Minnesota Statutes, section 103H.275.
Agency Contact Person
Current status of proposed rule and any agency determinations
Next opportunity for public comment
Timetable for adoption
Public hearing schedule
Katie Wolf, 651-201-6659
Larry Gunderson, 651-201-6168
The MDA has published the Groundwater Protection Rule and SONAR and will have public hearings in July 2018 at five locations around the state.
The MDA currently has a draft of the rules available for public comment. Written comments can be made on the Office of Administrative Hearings website.
Comments on the proposed rules can also be made in person at one of the five public hearings held in July, 2018.
Notice of Hearing published in the State Register on 4/30/2018.
Request for comment published in the State Register on 10/26/15.
1 - 6 PM on Monday, July 16th, 2018
Robert Boeckman Middle School
800 Denmark Avenue
Farmington, MN 55024
10 AM - 4 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Stewartville Civic Center
105 First Street East
Stewartville, MN 55976
10 AM - 4 PM on Thursday, July 19, 2018
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
1450 College Way
Worthington, MN 56187
10 AM - 4 PM on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
River's Edge Convention Center
10 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
9 AM - 3 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2018
900 First Street East
Park Rapids, MN 56470