Dept. of Ag. on proposed nitrogen fertilizer rule


DEPARTMENT OF AG? JUST LIKE A OVERVIEW OF THE NITROGEN RULE THAT WAS IN THE NEWS AGAIN LAST WEEK. GOOD MORNING COMMISSIONER.>>GOOD MORNING; I HAVEN’T BEEN INTRODUCED AS SPECIAL GUEST BEFORE SO WONDERING WHAT SPECIAL GUEST.>>CHAIR: CONSIDER YOURSELF A SPECIAL GUEST.>>BLESS; YOUR HEART; THANK YOU. GOOD TO BE HERE. GOOD TO GET A FUNT OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE NITROGEN FERTILIZER MANAGEMENT RULE WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN FOR A LONG TIME. AGAIN; GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND CERTAINLY THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN YOU THIS MORNING. MY NAME IS DAVE FREDERICKSON AND SERVE AS COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE. AG AS YOU HEARD EARLY ON IS A CORNERSTONE OF OURB STATES ECONOMY. THE FARMERS CONTRIBUTE EMNSLY TO THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FABRIC OF OUR STATE. A KEY INGREDIENT TO A STRONG AND SUCCESSFUL FARM ECONOMY IS INDEED ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER. AFTER ALL; GOOD WATER MAKES GOOD FOOD. IT IS CERTAINLY NO SECRET ACCESS TO SAFE; CLEAN WATER IS A LONG A PILLAR FOR SUCCESS OF THE ALCULTURE AND FOOD ECONOMY AND MINNESOTA’S HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE. OUR WATER IN MINNESOTA ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE SOCIAL FABRIC OF THE STATE. FARMERS; AGBUSINESS AND ALL MINNESOTANS APPRECIATE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER IS VITAL TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS. AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREEE WE ARE CHARGED WITH UNIQUE BRT BUTT APPROPRIATE TO 234 HANS THE ECONOMY AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. IT IS IN OUR MISSION. IN MINNESOTA; AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY; WE FACE CHALLENGES WITH EXCESSIVE NITRATES IN OUR GROUNDWATER. SOME OF THIS INDEED IS NATURALLY OCCURRING; BUT A LARGE PERCENTAGE IS BEING CONTRIBUTED BY HUMAN ACTIVITY. SINCE THE PASTAGE PASSAGE OF THE GROUNDWATER PROTECTION ACT IN 1989 THE DEPARTMENT SOUGHT TO EDUCATE AND PROMOTE FERTILIZER USE WHETHER IN FARM FIELD; FLOWER BEDS OR GARDENS. AS DIRECTED BY THE GROUNDWATER PROTECTION ACT; THE DEPARTMENT HAS DEVELOPED A NITROGEN FERTILIZER MANAGEMENT PLAN; WHICH IS THE STATES BLUE PRINT FOR HOW WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS ELEVATED NITRATE LEVELS ENOUR GROUNDWATER. THE FIRST NITROGEN FERTILIZER MANAGEMENT PLAN WAS DRAFTED IN 1990. IN 2010 UNDER GOVERNOR PULINTA THE MDA BEGAN REVISION OF THE NITROGEN FERTILIZER MANAGEMENT PLAN. THIS REVISED PLAN WAS DEVELOPED IN CONSULTATION WITH A ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPRISED OF MINNESOTA FARMERS; AGRONOMIST; COMMODITY GROUP JZ ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS; THE REVISION PROCESS LASTED 5 YEARS AND MDA ADDRESSED 420 WRITTEN COMMENTS BEFORE FINALIZE THE PLAN IN 2015. THE PLAN IS ROOTED IN SCIENCE AND IT IS PRACTICAL. IT OUTLINES BOTH VOLUNTARILY AND REGULATORY APPROACHES TO ADDRESS GROUNDWATER CHALLENGES ACROSS OUR STATE. LAST SUMMER; THE DEPARTMENT RELEASED A INFORMAL; INFORMAL DRAFT RULE. THIS INFORMAL DRAFT RULE WAS INTENDED TO SOLICIT FEEDBACK AND BEGIN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE GROUNDWATER CHALLENGES WE FACE. AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WE TOOK A UNPRECEDENT APPROACH AND HELD 17 LISTENING SESSIONS ACROSS THE STATE. WE ALSO MET WITH ANY FARM AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION OR GROUP THAT WAS INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE RULE. IN TOTAL WE MET WITH MORE THAN 1500 PEOPLE; RECEIVED 820 WRITTEN COMMENTS. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THE FEEDBACK TOUCHED AND CHALLENGED EVERY PART THE DRAFT RULE. AS I SAID LAST SUMMER AND MY APOLOGY TO REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY; THE FINAL RULE WILL HAVE A HEALTHY DOEST DOSE OF COMMON SENSE. [LAUGHTER] LAST WEEK AFTER MANY MONTHS OF WORK GOVERNOR DAYTON AND ANNOUNCED REVISED GROUNDWATER PROTECTION RULE. THIS NEW RULE WILL FOCUS STRICTLY ON AREAS OF THE STATE WITH [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] SOIL JZ WHERE DRINKING WATER PROTECTION AREAS EXIST. THESE ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE-AIR AREAS OF THE STATE FOR GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AND HAVE A OBLIGATION TO WORK WITH FARMERS LAND OWNERS AND COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT THESE VITAL RESOURCESISM AGAIN; THIS A COMMON SENSE APPROACH THAT PROVIDES POSITIVE IMPACT TOOZ THE STATE GROUNDWATER QUALITY AT REASONABLE AND BALANCED ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THAT FARMERS IN THESE AREAS OF THE STATE NEED TO MAKE A LIVING. THE DRAFT NITROGEN FERTILIZER RULE RELEASED IN JUNE OF 2017 WAS NOT AND WILL NOT BE THE FINAL RULE. IT WAS A DISCUSSION DRAFT IN RELEASING A DRAFT RULE AND HOLDING A INFORMAL COMMENT PERIOD THE AGENCY WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE ITS LONG-STANDING RECORD OF A ROBUST PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT REGARDING NITROGEN FERTILIZER USE. AS WE CONTINUE TO ROLL THIS RULE OUT; I WILL PERSONALLY BE TRAVELING ACROSS THE STATE TO FLENT DRAFT RULE TO FAMER JZ ANY INTERESTED MINNESOTAN. IN ADDITION TO PRESENT THG RULE MY TEAM AND I WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH FARMERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO REFINE AND IMPROVE THE RULE. MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS; WE DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH NIT TRAITS NITRATE IN THE GROUNDWATER AND WE VALEGAL AND MORAL ABIGATION TO KRAEZ IT. MORE THAN FIVER 0 PERCENT OF MINNESOTANS RELY ON GROUNDWATER BASED PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS FOR THE DRINKING WATER AND THE APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING TO THIS RULE IS REASONABLE; IT IS PRACTICAL; AND IT IS SCIENCE BASED. IF YOU LOOK AT 103H AND THE PREAMBLE THEY USE THE WORD; PRACTICAL AND I TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE MR. CHAIRMAN; 4 TIMES. I UNDERSTAND WHAT PRACTICAL MEANS; IT MEANS COMMON SENSE. COMMON SENSE MEANS PRACTICAL AND THAT’S WHAT WE HOPE TO BRING TO THIS DISCUSSION TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS; PLEASED TO TRY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE. I’M JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AG MRS. SUSAN STOKES.>>CHAIR: GOOD MORNING MRS. STOKES. QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OR–NONE THAT I SEE. MY FIRST QUESTION COMMISSIONER STOKES; ON YOUR MAP THE SHADED AREAS AND IT HAS CHANGED A GREAT DEAL FROM THE ARINLINAL MAP THAT CAME UP; THE SHADED AREAS RESTRICTIONS ARE WE TALKING JUST NITROGEN OR ALL FALL APPLICATIONS OF FERTILIZER?>>WE THIS IS THE NITROGEN RULE. IT IS NITROGEN; SO WHETHER IN THE FORM OF A LIQUID; IN THE FORM OF [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] GAS OR WHETHER IN THE FORM OR URIA.>>CHAIR: COMMISSIONER; I CHECKED WITH ME CROP CONSULTANT THIS MORNING AND INI WANTED TO PUT IN THE FALL MY PHOSPHORUS POTASSIUM ON AN ANALYSIS WITH 80 POUNDS OF EACH OF THE 2 IN IT THERE IS 25 TO 30 POUNDS OF NITROGEN; WOULD THAT RESTRICT FROM APPLY IN THE FALL>>WE ARE LOOKING AT 40 POUND SO YOU SHOULD BE IN GOOD SHAPE.>>CHAIR: VERY GOOD. MORE QUESTIONS? THIS IS OUR CHANCE.>>REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE EFFORTS YOU MADE TO GO AROUND THE STATE AND HEAR THE PEOPLE AND WANT TO REMIND US ALL; THIS DOES RELATE TO THE OTHER ISSUE AS WELL. IT IS A HEALTH ISSUE AND THINK IT IS A BRAVE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO GO AFTER THIS ONE; BUT AS ONE WHO REPRESENTS THE CITY OF ST. PETER WHICH IS IMPACTED BY THIS RULE BECAUSE THE WELL HEAD PROTECTION AREA; I WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THE CITY OF ST. PETER PUT IN A REVERSE OSMOSES SYSTEM AND THE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN PAYING FOR YEARS FOR THAT REVERSE OSMOSES SYSTEM DUE TO NITRATES AND THEY HAVE DONE IT VERY QUITELY. I ALSO WANT TO REFER TO A GENTLEMEN WHO FARMS IN THAT WELL HEAD PROTECTION AREA WHO WAS AT OUR TONE HALL MEETING THE OTHER DAY WHO SAID HE THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND BECAUSE HE FARMS IN THE AREA HE HAS DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITY AND HOPE THAT THE ATTITUDE WE COME AND THE BACKGROUND WE COME TO THIS DISCUSSION TODAY; BECAUSE BASED ON THE LAST ISSUE I THINK THIS COULD BE HEATED AS WELL BUT THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL HEALTH ISSUE RELATE TODAY DRINKING WATER THAT EFFECTS YOUNG CHILDREN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>CHAIR: COMMENT; COMMISSIONER; MRS. STOKES? MR. COMMISSIONER; THE FIRST GO AROUND; THE FIRST DRAFT YOU RELEASED THAT AND DID MAKE EFFORTS TO GET ALL OVER THE STATE AND THANK YOU FOR THAT. THE COMMENT PERIOD WAS 78 DAYS AND AT THIS ONE YOU LOOK AT A 30 DAY COMMENT PERIOD; COULD THAT BE MADE LAUPGER OR WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE 30 DAY PERIOD THE SECOND TIME?>>MRS. STOKES: THERE IS FLEXIBILITY IN THE DATE AND WE ARE HEARING REQUESTS TO EXTEND IT AND TAKE THOSE UNDER ADVISEMENT. THERE ARE MULTIPLE REQUIREMENTS BEHIND IT SCENE WHERES THE DRAFTS HAVE TO GO AND HOW LONG EACH PARTY GETS IT; MMB OR ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE BUT HEARD THE COMMENTS AND WILL LOOK AT A LONGER PEERBD. THERE ALSO WILL BE ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO COME THIS SUMMER WHEN WE HAVE THE HEARINGS BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE. WE HOLD THOSE AROUND THE STATE AND WILL TAKE ORAL TESTIMONY AT THOSE AS WELL.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU.>>REPRESENTATIVE POPPE: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK; THANK YOU. I KNOW THIS IS A LONG TIME-IT HAS BEEN A WORK OF ART AS MUCH AS SCIENCE; AND I APPRECIATE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SPENDING THE TIME BUT WOULD SAY A COUPLE THINGS; ONE IS TO GET THE RULE OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND KNOW THAT IS ALSO A PART THE TIMEFRAME YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH BUT THAT IS SOMETHING I HEARD PEOPLE LIKE TO SEE IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER AND IF YOU CAN EXTEND THE COMMENT PERIOD FROM 30 DAY TOOZ 60 OR SOMETHING. IT ALSO COMES OUT AT A TIME WHEN FARMERS WILL BE BUSY SO WE WANT TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY CAN COMMENT AND REVIEW IT AND UNDERSTAND IT; HAVE STATE WIDE MEETINGS AGAIN. I APPRECIATE YOU HAVE DONE THAT AND EVEN STATE WIDE MEETINGS IN PLACES THAT MIGHT NOT BE THE LARGEST CITY IN THE REGION BUT SOME OF THE SMALLER TOWNS AND SMALLER COMMUNITIES SO PEOPLE FEEL AS THOUGH THEY ARE ABLE TO GET TO A MEETING AND FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE. SOMETIMES IN THE LARGE FACILITY YOU MIGHT NOT FEEL AS SAFE TO BE ABLE TO COMMENT; SO JUST THAT WOULD BE THE OTHER THING. I KNOW THERE POTENTIALLY ARE EXEMPTIONS AND MAYBE JUST BE ABLE TO CLARIFY THAT AS YOU GO THROUGH THE PROCESS TOO; THAT IF WHAT THAT MIGHT BE AND HOW THAT LOOKS SO PEOPLE CAN KNOW HOW THEY WILL BE IMPACTED.>>MR. CHAIRX MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE; WE INTEND TO GET THE RULE PUBLISHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE TO GIV A COUPLE WEEKS NOTICE TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] HAS TO BE PUBLISHED SO THOSE HAVE TO GO TOORT SO WE’LL GET THOSE OUT JUST AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. I JUST WANTED TO ASSURE YOU OF THAT.>>REPRESENTATIVE POPPE: ONE OTHER THING ON THE MAP; I KNOW THAT [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] HOURB YOU SAY THAT; THE GREEN ONES YOU CAN KIND OF SEE A COUPLE BUT CANT SEE A LOT OF THEM; SO I DON’T KNOW-IF THE MAP GOOD OR THE GREEN MAP IS GOOD TOO SO PEOPLE CAN KNOW HOW THEY ARE IMPACTED WITHIN–THE CLARITY WILL BE IMPORTANT. CLARITY AND COMMUNICATION TRANSPARENCY; ALL THAT. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE POPPE; THERE ARE RIGHT; THERE ARE 31 [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] WHICH ARE COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS DRINKING WATER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AREAS. THOSE GREEN SPOTS ARE LITERALLY BURIED UNDER THE PURPLE. THERE ARE 31; THE LARGEST WOULD BE WELL HEAD PROTECTION AREA IN AND AROUND HASTINGS WHICH ABOUT 59 THOUSAND ACRES. THE SMALLEST IS PROBABLY ROCK COUNTY IN THE LOWER LEFT CORNER AND THAT WOULD BE ABOUT 200 ACRES AND SO THE FOCUS ON [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD; IS THE IDEA THAT YOU WANT TO IMPACT THE MOST PEOPLE ON THE ISSUE AND SO THAT IS THE FOCUS ON THOSE GREEN AREAS; BUT WE’LL MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE LIFTED OUT OF THE PURPLE AREA.>>WHAT DO YOU GET WHETHER YOU MAKE GREEN AND PURPLE; WHAT COLOR?>>CHAIR: MRS. STOKES LOOKING AT THE PRESS RELEASE AND APPRECIATE THAT; LEVEL 3 WE BRING IN A LOCAL ADVISORY TEAM; CAN YOU TALK WHO THAT IS AND WHAT THEY WOULD BE EMPOWERED WITH?>>MRS. STOKES: THE LOCAL ADVISORY TEAM WILL BE GROUPS OF LOCUM FARMERS AND AGRONOMIST THAT ADVISE THE COMMISSIONER AS THE AREAS MOVE THROUGH WHAT WE CALL PART 2 OF THE RULE AND BEGUN WORKING ON THESE. WE STOOD UP LOCAL ADVISORY TEAMS ALREADY AND IT IS OUR VIEW THE BEST CHANCE OF SUCCEEDING AND ADDRESSING THE NITRATE ISSUE IS WORK WG LOCAL FARMERS AND LOCAL AGRONOMIST AND UNDERSTAND WHAT BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WORK IN THOSE AREA MPT WITH REGARDS TO THE REVISED RULE; BEFORE ANY REGULATION CAN BE IMPOSED; THE COMMISSIONER WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONSULT WITH THOSE LOCAL ADVISORY TEAMS BEFORE COMING UP WITH SPECIFIC ORDERS ABOUT WHAT PRACTICES SHOULD BE REQUIRED AND WILL START WITH BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE AND BASED A LOT ON WHAT WE HEARD THE FEEDBACK AT THE LISTENING SESSION JZ YOU ATTENDED ONE OF THOSE; WE HEARD COMMENTS OVER AND OVER ABOUT THE PRECISION AG METHTSDS FARMERS ARE ALREADY USES AND THOSE LOCAL ADVISORY TEAMS CAN BRING THAT EXPERTISE INTO THE PROCESS AS IT GOES THROUGH IN THOSE AREAS.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU. BEGINNING AT THE LEVEL 3 IS WHERE THE MANDATORY BMP’S BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE?>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU.>>ONLY IN THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AREA AND I THINK THAT’S JUSTIFIED BECAUSE WE ARE IMPACTING A SERIOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE.>>REPRESENTATIVE SALK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. INTERESTED IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES. OFTEN TIMES THESE KINDS OF THINGS SILLO AWAY FROM US RATHER THAN BEING IN A FORM THAT WE INCLUDED INTO OUR COGNISANT WORLD. I HAPPEN TO LIVE VORE CLAES TO A GREEN DOTS OR USED TO AND THEN WE MOVED TO ROCHESTER WHERE WE HAVE CITY WATER SO IGNOREED THE ISSUE OF POLLUTANTS IN WELLS. THAT AREA AROUND PLAIN VIEW; WHICH IS WHAT IS ONE GREEN SPOT AND SEEN RELATIVELY EASILY ALL MOST EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT WHEN THEY ARE DRILLING A WELL; THEY PROBABLY ARE NOT GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL UNLESS THEY THEY EXTRAORDINARY DEEP. I’M WONDERING IF THERE IS A CROSS OR A CONFLUENCE OF THIS INFORMATION ACROSS ALL THE TIMES IT MIGHT ENTER INTO SOMEBODYS LAKE; NOT JUST FARMERS. IT WOULD BE HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR WELL DRILLING; ZONING ISSUES FOR WELL DRILLING THAT WOULD HAPPEN; SO SOMETIMES THIS STUFF SILOS SO MUCH IT IS LIKE YOU COULDN’T SEE IT UNLESS YOU HAPPENED TO BE ABLE TO GET AT IT FROM A DIFFERENT PLACE.>>CHAIR. I THINK THERE IS A QUESTION THERE.>>I DON’T MEAN TO BE GLIB BUT WE ARE OPERATING UNDER 103H; WHICH IS REQUIRED BY THE LEGISLATURE AND SO THE SILLOING REALLY OCCURRING IN THE CHAPTER. THESE ARE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES; YES; THERE ARE OTHER AGENCIES THAT HAVE OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES IN TERMS OF WATER; BUT THIS IS OURS AND WE HAVE AGAIN RULE MAKING AUTHORITY UNDER 103H. I’M STRUGGLING TO GET TO->>I THINK THAT IS A ADEQUATE ANSWER FOR WHAT I WAS FISHING FOR BECAUSE I’M ONLY STRUGGLING TO FIND OUT SOMEBODY WHO JUST A PERSON AND NOT IN ONE OF THESE AREAS OR AGRICULTURE ENDEAVORS THAT THEY WOULD BE AFFORDED THIS INFORMATION; WHICH IS CRITICAL BECAUSE THIS IS THE TAINTING OF THEIR WELL WATER. THANK YOU.>>IN MINNESOTA MR. CHAIRMAN WE HAVE SILOS BUT WE ARE GOOD AT CONNECTING WITH SKY WALKS RATHER THAN TEARING THEM DOWN SO WE WORK TOGETHER WITH OTHER STATE AGENCIES CONTINUOUSLY AND HEALTH IS ONE.>>CHAIR: WE WILL GET THE TESTIFIERS UP IN A SECOND. KIRBY [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] YOU ARE UP AND KEVIN [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS]>>VICE CHAIR BACKER: [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS]>>CHAIR: LET’S GO TO THE TESTIFIERS THEN; KIRBY HETPER. GOOD MORNING; IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND PROCEED.>>MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE; MY NAME IS KIRBY HELPFERPER; I SERVE AS PRESIDENT OF MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION AND FARM NEAR [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] MINNESOTA. THE PROPOSED NITROGEN FERTILIZER RULE HAS BEEN A SUBJECT OF A LOT OF DISCUSSION OBVIOUSLY AND SOME CONTROVERSY AMONG FARM ORGANIZATIONS; CONSERVATION GROUPS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS. THE MINNESOTA CORN GROWER ASSOCIATION PLAYED A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE WITH GOALS INSURING THE RULE IS FAIR; BASED ON ACCEPTED SCIENCE AND IMPLEMENTED IN A MANNER THAT DOES NOT IMPOSE UNDER HARDSHIP ON MINNESOTA FARMERS; ESPECIALLY DURING THE TIME OF ECONOMIC STRESS TO OUR FARM COUNTRY. I LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THREE ISSUES TODAY FOR THE COMMITTEE; FIRST MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATIONS CONCERN ABOUT THE PROPOSED. SECOND; MINNESOTA CORN GROWERSION CERTAINS ABOUT THE REMAINING PROCESS; AND THIRD; I HIKE TO SPEAK A LITTLE TO THE ACTIONS MINNESOTA CORN FARMERS ARE DOING TO INCREASE NITROGEN USE EFFICIENCY AND MITIGATE OUR IMPACTS. FIRST RKS MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSED RULE. AS EXPRESSED; THIS MORNING THERE IS BASED ON COMMENTS WE SUBMITTED TO MDA LAST SUMMER WITH THE INITIAL GRAPH PROPOSAL. FIRST; WE ARE MAPPING; WE NEED SPECIFICITY AND TRANSPARENCY WITH REGARDS TO THE CRITERIA USED TO DEVELOP THE VULNERABLE AREAS OF THE MAP. IN ADDITION TO SOILS AND GEOLOGICAL DATA IT SHOULD BE BASED ON MONITORING DATA AS WELL. SECTION BOUNDARIES ARE TOO COURSE PROHIBITING FALL AND FROZEN SOIL APPLICATIONS OF NITROGEN FERTILIZER; GIVEN WE DO MANAGE FARMS THAT FIELD AND SUBFIELD SCALE. THE 20 POUND LIMIT ASSOCIATE WOULD THE FALL MAP AND DAP APPLICATIONS; IS TOO RESTRICTIVE AND AGREE ON THAT AND VOICED OUR OPINION. IF YOU WANT MORE DETAILS ON COMMENTS WE PROVIDED LAST SUMMER; PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GO TO MINNESOTACORN.ORG WHERE YOU VIEW NOT ONLY OUR PUBLIC COMMENTS; BUT ALL 800 PLUS PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED BY DEPARTMENT OF AG. ADDRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROCESS; MOVING FORWARD; AT THE PRESS CONFRNS LAST WEEK GUCHBNER DAYTON AND COMMISSIONER FREDERICKSON PROPOSED A TIME LINE FOR THE RULE. THE PRIMARY CONCERN IS WITH THE CURRENT TIMELINE BEING PUBLISHED MID-MAY WE MAY BE DONE PLANTING CORN OR BEAN; BUT FARMERS LIKE MYSELF ARE GOING TO BE FOCUSED ON CROP PROTECTION; AND PUT APPLICATION IN SEASON. SO; FROM A TIMING STANDOPPONENT IT ISN’T GOOD TIMING FOR US TO REPLY. ADDITIONALLY; THE REVISED TIMELINE INDICATES 30 DAY PUBLIC COMMENT AND HAPPY TO HEAR THERE MIGHT BE FLEXIBILITY THERE; WHETHER IT’S SIMILAR TO LAST SUMMER’S 75 DAY PERIOD; OR A 90 DAY PERIOD; WHICH WE WOULD STRONGLY SUPPORT. WE ALSO NEED FARMERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE DRAFT RULE IMPACTS THEIR SPECIFIC FARMER APPERATION AND NEED TO BE INTERACTIVE GIS MAPS. AS WE EXPERIENCE THE BUFFER LAW; THERE WERE SEVERAL ERRORS IN THE DETAILED DNR MAPS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. MINNESOTA FARMERS NEED AND DESERVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY WITH ADEQUATE TIME TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT FOR THEIR OPERATION THROUGH DETAILED GIS MAPS. FINALLY; I LIKE TO PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION ON ACTIONS THAT MINNESOTA CORN FARMERS ARE TAKE TOOG INCREASE NITROGEN USE EFFICIENCY AND MITIGATE IMPACTS. MINNESOTA’S CORN FARMERERIZE CONTINUOUSLY WORKING TO IMPROVER AND BECOME BETTER STEWARD OF THEINATE NATIONAL RESOURCE MAINTAIN AGTHRIVING RURAL ECONOMY; THAT’S WHY MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS MADE A COMMITMENT TO A VERY AMBITIOUS GOAL. MINNESOTA CORN FARMERS WILL BECOME THE MOST SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALTY RESPONSIBLE CORN FARMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. TO WORK TOWARDS THIS GOAL; SINCE 2014; CARN FORMERS INVESTED NEARLY $6 MILLIONF OUR OWN FUNDS TO THE COORN CHECK-OFF IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH SPECIFICALLY AROUND NITROGEN. MCGA IS WORKING WITH RESEARCHERS TO DEVELOP BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE TO PROTECT MINNESOTA’S DRINKING WATER AND MAINTAINING PRODUCTIVE FARM OPERATIONS. IN ADDITION TO OUR INVESTMENT WITH THIRD PARTY RESEARCHERS; WE ARE ALSO WORKING WITH GROWER LEADERS; LEADERS OUT IN THE FIELD THROUGH THE MINNESOTA CORN INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM. THESE THINGS HELP FARMERS IDENTIFY WAYS THAT MIGHT BE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES DOWN THE ROAD BY THINKING OF NEW IDEAS ON WAYS TO BETTER IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY OR PRACTICES IN THE FARM. EFFORTS TO INSURE THAT RESEARCH AND INNOVATIVE PRACTICES ARE TRANSLATED IN THE FIELD; SINCE 2015 WE SPENT $2.8 MILLION ON DIRECT NITROGEN SPECIFIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS. LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A PROGRAM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION NITROGEN SMART PROGRAM; WHICH IS HELPING FARMERS BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE WITH THEIR USE IN NITROGEN. IN CLOSING; WE APPRECIATE THAT MDA HAS BEEN WORKING LAST COUPLE YEARS ON THIS ISSUE AND WORKING SPIRFCKLYEN THE LAST WEEK TO PUT OUT MORE DETAILS OF THE DRAFT RULE. WE DO ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK THE DEDICATED MDA STAFF IS DOING TO PUT TOGETHER THESE DETAILS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. WE DO BELIEVE THAT FOR US THE BEST [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] MEMBERSHIP WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE RULE IN ITS ENTIRETY; AND URGE THE FULL RELEASE. BECAUSE OF OUR STRONG BELIEF IN ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS THAT I HAVE OUTLINED THIS MORNING AND NEED TO INSURE CORN FARMERS ARE ABLE TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT; A LETTER SUBMITTED THIS MORNING BY MCGA TO GOVERNOR DAYTON IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKET. ON BEHALF OF MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS; WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY THIS MORNING ON OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSED RULE; ABOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE PROCESS; AND ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT WE ARE DOING TO INCREASE NITROGEN EFFICIENCY. WITH THAT; CHAIRMAN I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU. NOT SEEING ANY-WE WILL ALSO GET TO STEVE MORRIS OR MIKE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] IF YOU CAN’T BE BACK TONIGHT WE’LL GET TO YOU TODAY; SO WE WILL GET THE TESTIFIERS. GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIRMAN; MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE. FOR THE RECORD I’M KEVIN PAP; PRESIDENT OF MINNESOTA FARM GROWER MINNESOTA BUREAU IS THE LARGEST FARM ORGANIZATION IN THE STATE. WE HAVE 78 COUNTY OR REGIONAL FARM BUREAUS AND OVER 30 THOUSAND MEMBER FAMILIES. FARMERS WHO LIVE ON THE LAND OUR FAMILIES FARM WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND NOT A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THE OTHER FARMERS IN THE ROOM TODAY. I’M A FARM 4TH GENERATION; THE DRIVEWAY I DROVE OUT OF ON THE WAY TO THE CAPITAL IS THE SAME USED BY THE FAMILY 115 YEARS AGO. IF YOU DON’T COUNT COLLEGE I ONLY LIVE SAID IN 3 HOUSES ON TWO FARM YARDS A HALF FILE FROM EACH OTHER. WHY IS THAT SIGNIFICANT IS BECAUSE THAT’S AROUND 320 ACRES OF FARM LAND; A PUBLIC DRAINAGE DITCH BUILT IN 1944 AND SAY AGAIN THAT THOSE FARMERS ALL OF US AS FARMERS THAT LIVE ON THE LAND THAT WE FARM UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. WE TAKE OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND LAND STEWARDSHIP VERY SERIOUSLY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WG OUR LEGISLATORS; GOVERNMENT AGENCIES; AND RESEARCHERS TO DEVELOP NEW METHODS; NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSERVE OR NATURAL RESOURCES AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT. WE ASK MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO INCREASE THEIR SUPPORT OF RESEARCH AND OUTREACH THAT WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES. AGRICULTURE; FARMER IS ALL ABOUT CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT. MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU BELIEVES THE FOCUS OF THIS RESUNCH SHOULD BE THE MOST UP TO DATE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE; TIMES APPLICATION OF NITROVEN AND USAGE OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE. I THINK ALL THE TOPICS INCLUDED WE REALLY BELIEVE IN FARM BUREAU IN A REG URALTORY PROCESS THAT IS TRANSPARNT; CONSISTENT; ACCOUNTABLE; NON-DUPELATIVE AND COST EFFECTIVE WITH OPEN; FAIR AND EARLY STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT. WE BELIEVE IF YOU FEEL THE RULE MAKING PROCESS IS FAIR; YOU WILL HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE RESULTS. FARM BUREAU MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE WORKING TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN PRODUCTIVITY; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND HUMAN WELLBEING. HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU; ANY QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE; MARK GAM; IF I GOT THAT CORRECT AND GRETCHEN SABLE YOU ARE ON DECK.>>MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS. YOU ARE RIGHT; IT IS MARK GAM; I WORK FOR DODGE COUNTY AND HERE REPRESENTING DODGE COUNTY; THE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIRECTOR AND BEEN IN THAT POSITION FOR 28 YEARS; AND WANT TO GIVE BACKGROUND WHERE WE ARE SXHING FROM THE NITROGEN RULE MAKING PROCESS; BUT ALSO HOUSE FILE 2727 AND 2887. IN 1990 DODGE COUNTY ADOPTED THE LOCAL WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN JUST LIKE MANY OTHER COUNTIES IN THE STATE HAVE DONE. THE HIGHEST PRIORITY OF THE PLAN IS PROTECTION OF GROUNDWATER. OF THE HOUSE FILE 2727 AND HOUSE FILE 2887 REGARDING NITROGEN FERTILIZING LIMIT THE ABILITY OF DEPARTMENT OF AG TO PROTECT DRUNKING WATER; THEREFORE; THOSE BILLS ARE IN DIRECT CONFLICT ARE OUR LOCAL WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN. DODGE COUNTY IS IN SOUCKTEAST MINNESOTA; ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF THE LAND AREA IS AGRICULTURE; PRIMARILY CORN AND SOYBEANS. FOR THE MOST PART FARMS ARE GOOD STEWARD ON THE LAND AND ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS AND IN MANY CASES ALREADY ADOPTING BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE YET OUR NITROGEN CONCENTRATIONS ARE NOT REDUCING AND GETTING LOWER. DODGE COUNTY IS SAMPLING GROUNDWATER WELLS IN DODGE COUNTY FOR 20 YEARS. WE HAVE OVER 2500 SAMPLES COLLECTED FROM PRESCRIBET WELLS AND THAT IS OVER AND ABOVE WHAT THE MD AS TESTED. THOEST TESTS INDICATE 21 PERCENT OF THE WELLS HAS NITRATE IN THEM ABOVE BACKGROUND LEVEL JZ 7 PERCENT OF THE WELLS ARE DRIPGING WATER ABOVE THE HENTH RISK LIMIT. IN DODGE COUNTEE DRINKING WATER SOURCES ARE HIGHLY VULNERABLE; PART OF THE PURPLE AREA AND THOSE ARE AREAS THAT HAVE SHALLOW SOILS OVER LIMESTONE BED ROCK OR OVER SAND AQUIFER. PEOPLE LIVING IN THOSE AREAS HAVE A HIGHER CHANCE OF NITRATE BEING IN THE GROUNDWATER ABOVE THE HEALTH RISK LIMIT. SO; TO REITERATE; IT APPEARS HOUSE FILE 2727 AND 2887 CONFLICT WITH THE DODGE COUNTY WATER MAN AGEMENT PLAN AND REDUCE THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER FROM FERTILIZE URCONTAMINATION. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU. QUESTION? SEEING NONE; GRETCHEN SABLE AND THEN IF YOU WANT TO TESTIFY NOW STEVE MORRIS AND MIKE [INAUDIBLE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS]>>GOOD MORNING; MR. CHAIR; THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GRETCHEN SABLE HERE ON BEHALF OF LEGAL WOMEN VOTERS OMINNESOTA AND THANK YOU ALLOWING ME TO TESTIFY. I THINK THIS MAY BE THE FIRST TIME LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS IS BEFORE THE AG COMMITTEE I WE ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] MINNESOTA IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT ENCOURAGE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING IN PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES AND FLOOUNS POLICY THROUGH EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY. WE DO TAKE POSITION THOUGH ON ISSUES RF A GRASSROOTS STUDY AND CONSENSUS PROCESSISM WE DON’T ENDORSE POLITICAL PARTIES OR CANDIDATES. NITRATES IN DRINKING WATER IS A ISSUE WE ARE WORKING ON SO WHY I’M HERE TODAY. WE DPOO OPPOSE HOUSE FILE 2727 AND 2887. THE GROUNDWATER PROTECTION ACT CODIFIED IN 103H IS WRITTEN TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA WHO USE GROUNDWATER FOR DRENKING WATER. [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC INPUT. MORE THAN 20 YEARS AFTER PASSAGE THE MDA PROPOZED RULES THAT FOLLOW THE PROCESS LAID OUT UNDER MS40 MINNESOTA STATUTE 14. THE NITROGEN FERTILIZER RULE TAKES THE NEXT STEP IMPLEMENTING THAT AND PUBLIC INPUT IS SOUGHT ALONG THE WAY. DESPITE ALL THE VOLUNTARY ACTION TAKEN WE HAVE SEEN NITRATE INCREASING IN THE WATER AND THAT IS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR PEOPLE THAT CONSUME THE WATER. MANY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTER MEMBERS. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WELLS IMPACTED. WE DID SUBMIT A HANDOUT THAT DOCUMENTS THAT SO WON’T GO THROUGH THAT BUT DO BELIEVE THERE IS PRESSING NEEDS FOR ACTION TO REDUCE NITROGEN LOADING FROM THE GROUNDWATER FROM FERTILIZERS TO SFAUP OR SLOW ACTION ON THIS IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THE BILLS PREVENT TAKING NEXT STEPS TO IMPLEMENT THE ACT AND EMOVE THE RIGHTOFFS THE CITIZENS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS TO DATE. THE DRAFT FERTILIZER RULE THE FIRST OF MANY STEPS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE NUTRIENTS LOST FROM AGRICULTURE SOURCE. THE GROUNDWATER PROTECTION ACT PROVIDES A PROCESS REDUCING CONTAMINATION OF GROUNDWATER. THE LAWS OF NITRATE IS OVER DUE GIVEN HAD NUMBER OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES ELEVATED BY NITRATE. WE APPRECIATE THE WORK DEPARTMENT OF AG HAS TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THE WAW AND URGE THE PROCESS BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU; MRS. SABLE. ARE YOU REPRESENTING THE STATE ORGANIZATION OR LOCAL ORGANIZATION?>>LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS EXIST AT MANY LEVELS. I AM HERE ON LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI A MULTI-STATE ORGANIZATION THAT ADDRESS NUTRIENT ISSUES IN THE MISSISSIPPI.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE; MUST BE GETTING CLOSE TO LUNCH. GOOD MORNING MR. MORRIS; IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND PROCEED.>>MR. MORRIS: STEVE MORRIS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MINNESOTA ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP AND COALITION OF ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION ORGANIZATION AND I HAD A COUPLE HANDOUTS–>>CHAIR. [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS]>>MR. MORRIS: I NOTE IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO I AS A MEMBER OF THE STATE SENATE INTRODUCED OUR FIRST GROUNDWATER LEGISLATION IN 29 YEARS AGO AS CHIEF AUTHOR I PASSED AND SHEPEDED THE LEGISLATION THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PIECES OF THE BILL ENACTED IN THE PRECEDING 30 YEARS AFTER THAT; BUT WHAT HASN’T BEEN DONE UNTIL THIS TIME IS FOR DEPARNLT OF AG TO SAY WE USE OUR AUTHORITY TO PROTECT THE WATER OZ THF STATE OF MINNESOTA. SPECIFICALLY TO USING THESE WATER RESOURCE PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS. SO; I WANT TO SAY JUST MAKE THREE POINTS AND WILL TRY TO BE QUICK. THERE ARE REALLY GOOD THINGS; THERE ARE SOME BAD THINGS; AND COMING UP THERE ARE WORST BAD THINGS SO WONT SAY GOOD; BAD AND UGLY BUT IT LIKE THAT. THE GOOD THINGS ARE THAT WE ARE REALLY HAPPY TO SEE THE DEPARTMENT MOVING FORWARD; RECOGNIZING THIS IS A DEFINITE PUBLIC HEALTH RISK AND A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT. I’M HABDING OUT TWO PIECES OF PAPER; IF YOU LOOK TO THE BAKE THE SHEET WHERE THE LISTS THE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DRINKING WATER LEVELS THAT ARE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS AND ALSO PUT ON HERE THOSE HIGH AND VERY HIGH CROP ACRES THAT ARE IN ROLL CROPS; AND THAT IS REALLY THE PRIMARY DRIVER OF THESE ELEVATED NITROGEN LEVELS IN OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY. IF YOU LOOK ACROSS THE LIST IN MY HOME AREA OF LEWIS STN; SPRING GROWTH AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA YOU SEE A NUMBER OF ACRES IN RURAL CROP AGRICULTURE WITH ELEVATORED DRINKING WATER SUPPLY. THIS IS A TARGETED APPROACH THAT ISN’T ACROSS THE WHOLE STATE BUT A TARGETED APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT IS TAKE TOOG PROTECT THE PUBLIC DRICHCKING WATER SUPPLIES. IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA IN WUNONEA; 19 PERCENT OF THE WELLS ARE IN EXCESS OF THE SAFE DRINKING WATER LEVEL SO GLAD TO SEE IT MOVING FORWARD. THE SECOND POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS THAT WE SEE SHORT-COMINGS IN THE RULE AS WELL. THE PROCESS IS TOO SLOW AS YOU JUST HEARD IN THE TESTIMONY FROM MRS. SABLE; WE ARE DOING THE PRACTICE AS YOU HEARD FROM DOUJ COUNTY AND CORN GROWER ARE DOING BETTER AND BETTER; THE PROBLEM IS THE RATES KEEP GOING UP. IT ISN’T JUST EFFICIENCY OF THE FERTILIZER IT MORE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE AND HOW TO PUT CROPPING SYSTEM IN PLACE AND COVER CROPS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE SO THINK THE RESPONSE TIME IS WAY TOO SLOW AND RULE IMPLEMENTATION IS WAY TOO SLOW. AS WE GET INTO MORE DETAILS WE SEE MORE LIMITS COMING TO LIMIT THE AGENCY AUTHORITY WHICH REE WITH CRERNED BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GET TO THE CHANGES TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. THIRDLY; THERE IS OBVIOUSLY A BIG HOLE IN WE ARE NOT PROTECTING THE PRESCRIBET WELLS. I HAVE A PRIVATE WATER WELL WHERE WE HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OCH CON2578INATION AND SHOULD DO MORE TO PROTECT ALL THE PEOPLE ON PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY ACROSS RURAL MINNESOTA. THIS DUCKS THAT. THAT BEING SAID; THE LAST THING WE WANT TO SEE IS HAVE THE LEGISLATURE INTERVENE AND STOP THE PROCESS BY STOPPING THE RULE OR SOME WAY LIMITING THE COMMISSIONER PRFS THOREBT TO MOVE AHEAD. THIS IS MORE THAN A GENERATION IN COMINGMENT WE ESTIMATE THERE ARE AT LEAST 225 THOUSAND MINNESOTANS WITH ELEVATED NITROGEN LEVELS AND AND F WE AS A STATE CANT TAKE MODEST STEPS TO MOVE FORWARD TO PROTECT THAT QUARTER MILLION MINNESOTANS I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE WATER BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ACTING IN GOOD FAITH. MR. CHAIRMAN; I KNOW I WOULD BE SHORT SO LET ME STOP THERE AND HAPPY TO STAND FOR ANY QUESTIONS.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU; MR. MOORE.>>THE OTHER THING I WANT TO MENTION IS A MAP OF A [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] THIS IS PARK RAPIDS AND INTERESTING TO SHOW THE VULNERABILITY AREAS THRKS ORANGE AREAERIZE HIGHLY VULIABLE WHERE WE NEED PROTECTION FROM COVER ON THE LAND AND MEASURES THAT PROTECT THE WATER THMPT AREA BY THE CITY IS LOWER BUT THIS IS THE WELL HEAD PROTECTION AREA SO YOU CAN SEE IT VISUALLY.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. PEATFISH. IN THE LAST TWO WE WILL TESTIFY ON THE BILLS BUT WE WON’T GET THEM TO THIS MORNING. WE WILL COME BACK THIS AFTERNOON AFTER SESSION TO FINISH UP THE LAST 3 BILLS. GO AHEAD; SIRS MPT GOOD MORNING.>>CHAIRMAN ANDERSON; MEMBERS OF THE BOARD; MY NAME IS MICHAEL [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] THIRD GENERATION CORN AND SOYBEAN FARMER FROM SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA. I’M THE PRESIDENT OF THE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN GROUR ASSOCIATION AND REPRESENT 25 THOUSAND FARMERS. I’M HERE BECAUSE WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS PROPOSED RULE IN THE DIRECTION IT IS HEADING FROM THE ADMINISTRATION. I DO APPRECIATE ALL THE LISTENING SESSIONS THE DEPARTMENT HAD AND THE TIME TO REACH OUT AND HEAR US HOWEVER FEEL A NUMBER OF CONCERNS HAVE NOT BEEN MET OR HEARD. I’M REFERENCED THE PUBLISHED TEXT RELEASED LAST YEAR BY DEPARTMENT OF AG AND FUNDAMENTALLY WE FEEL THIS IS A SOLUTION LOOKING FOR A PROBLEM AS WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY CASES OF THESE THINGS SINCE 1980 ACCORD TOOG THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. WE BELIEVE THAT THE MAP FOR EXEMPTIONS IS ARBITRARY AND DOES NOT-UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTS NITROGEN AND DOESN’T ACCOUNT FOR CURRENT FARMING PRACTICES. WE DONT FEEL THE DEPARTMENT DEMONSTRATED THE RATE NITROGEN MOVES THROUGH THE SOIL PROFILE. MANY WELLS ARE SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET DEEP AND IF I EMPLOYED BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TODAY; WHAT IS TO SAY HAT IS IMPACTING THE AQUIFER BELOW IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS WHEN THEY ARE TAKING THE REGULATORY WINDOW TO LOOK AT MY FARM? IN FACT WE MAY GET REGUMENTED FOR FARMING PRACTICEESS FROM YEARS PAST. WE ALSO THINK THIS HAS UNINTENDED SERVICE WATER CONSEQUENCES. AS YOU FUNDAMENTALLY SHIFT FROM FALL APPLICATION IN THE FORMS OF AMMONIA; WHICH MAKE A STRONG BOND WITH SOIL AND RELATIVELY STABLE; YOU MAY ENCOURAGE MORE PLANT READILY FORMS SUCH AS NITRATE WHICH ARE MORE LEECHABLE IN THE SOIL IF FARMERERIZE PUSHED INTO A TIGHTER OPERATING WINDOW ENTHE SPRING BECAUSE THEY TRY TO DO MORE OPERATION PRIOR TO PLANTING. FOR THOSE REASONS AND OTHERS WE ESSENTIALLY SUPPORT HF2887 BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT THIS NEEDS LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT AND SOME OF THE RULES ARE MADE OR DECISIONS A ARE MADE WHILE WE ARE IN THE FIELD AND VERY BUSY SO WE LIKE TO SEE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT ON THOSE. THAUPG; THANK YOU. HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.>>QUICKLY CHAIR; JOE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR MINNESOTA SOYBEAN AND OUR ORGANIZATION DOES SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE BACKERS BILL; 2887. THE GROUNDWATER PROTECTION ACT IS CITED A FEW TIMES THIS MORNING AND IN THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES OVER AGRICULTURE CHEMICALS AND WATERS WHERE THEY ARE POLLUTED BY THAT; THE CURRENT TEXT HAS NO LOOKING AT WHY THESE GROUNDWATERERIZE FLUTED SO THINK THERE IS A EXCESS OF AUTHORITY THERE. AS YOU MENTIONED ON THE MAP AND DAP ISSUE WE ARE KERNED ABOUT THE CHANGE IN DEFINITION FROM THE LEGISLATURE DEFINITION OF WHAT A FERTILIZER IS TO WHAT THEY HAVE IN THEY ARE RULE I THINK BRINKING IT BACK TO YOU GUYS TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE PROCESS IS

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