June 27, 2017

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.

Location Date Time
Marshall Public Library
201 C Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Thurs. June 22 5:00 pm
Chatfield Center for the Arts 
405 Main Street 
Chatfield, MN 55932
Wed. June 28 6:00 pm
University of MN Extension Office 
4100 220th St W. 
Farmington, MN 55024
Thurs. June 29 2:00 pm
St. Cloud:
Great River Regional Library 
1300 W. St. Germain Street 
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Thurs. July 6 3:00 pm 
Robertson Theatre 
Wadena-Deer Creek High School 
600 Colfax Ave. SW 
Wadena, MN 56482
Tues. July 11 6:00 pm 
McIntosh (near Crookston):
McIntosh Community Center 
115 Broadway NW 
McIntosh, MN 56556
Wed. July 12 4:00 pm 
St. Paul:
Orville Freeman Building 
625 Robert Street North 
St. Paul, MN 55155
Mon. July 17 2:00 pm
Holiday Inn
1201 Torgerson Dr
Fairmont, MN 56031
Tues. July 25 2:00 pm

The draft rule and instructions for submitting comments can be viewed online at www.mda.state.mn.us/nfr.


Media Contact 
Margaret Hart, Communications Director