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Opportunities for Public Involvement in MDA Rules

The rulemaking process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) provides three opportunities for public involvement:

  1. When the Request for Comments (RFC) is published in the State Register, it communicates general ideas for the rulemaking. This is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide formal comments and input on the rulemaking ideas that may narrow or broaden the scope of the project. Stakeholder data or other relevant information can be submitted at this time. An example of information submitted could be relevant cost information for implementing the general ideas announced in the RFC. MDA encourages stakeholder participation at this early stage of the process so that relevant information can be considered as decisions that shape the rule are made.
  2. During this phase of the rulemaking, MDA generally develops a preliminary draft of rule language and makes it available for at least one informal public comment period. Throughout this phase, stakeholder meetings may be held and informal comments may be submitted.
  3. When a Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules is published, it signals the final opportunity for stakeholder input, unless a hearing is held. The published notice will indicate the relevant submittal deadlines. At this stage, a complete Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) and draft rule are made available for formal public comment.

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

Notices published

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.

December 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
American Legion
900 First Street East
Park Rapids, MN 56470


  • GO – Governor’s Office
  • MMB – Minnesota Management and Budget
  • OAH – Office of Administrative Hearings
  • RFC – Request for Comments
  • SONAR – Statement of Need and Reasonableness
  • SR – Minnesota State Register