June 27, 2017
MDA schedules additional listening sessions on draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is scheduling two additional public listening sessions on a proposal for regulating the use of nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota. The MDA is seeking public input on a draft of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which would help minimize the potential for nitrate-nitrogen contamination from fertilizer in the state's groundwater and drinking water. Nitrate is one of the most common contaminants in Minnesota's groundwater and elevated levels of nitrate in drinking water can pose serious health concerns for humans.
The MDA is holding the public listening sessions throughout the state to discuss the proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule. Written comments can be submitted at the listening sessions, through MDA’s website, or by mail. In addition to the Chatfield, Farmington, St. Cloud and Wadena locations, listening sessions are also being scheduled in McIntosh and St. Paul.
The draft rule and instructions for submitting comments can be viewed online at www.mda.state.mn.us/nfr.
Margaret Hart, Communications Director