OPPORTUNITIES CURRENTLY EXIST to address these challenges. The redesign, rehabilitation, or replacement of agricultural drainage and the rural drainage infrastructure will likely continue over the next 10-20 years. As aging rural drainage systems are now being updated and replaced, opportunities to incorporate improved designs and management practices that meet both agricultural production and environmental goals currently exist.
Since the mid 1990's the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has worked with agricultural producer groups, industry and other stakeholders to find the best solutions to the challenges of conservation drainage. The MDA has met with organizations and individuals interested in drainage and has sought funding sources for additional drainage research and demonstration. Some of the results of these efforts include:
Mark DittrichSenior Planner, Conservation DrainageMark.Dittrich@state.mn.us • 651-201-6482
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