Farm Progress

Ag water profiles available by county

The Minnesota Ag Water Resource Center and Minnesota Farm Bureau have pulled together fact sheets on farming and watersheds for each county in the state.

September 21, 2016

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With Minnesota’s diverse agricultural landscape and waters, an issue in one area of the state may not be of concern in another. That’s why the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center and the Minnesota Farm Bureau have worked together to create county fact sheets that farmers can use as a resource when discussing the importance of farming to their local communities.

Staffs from both organizations suggest that farmers study their counties’ information and share that, along with their own farm stories, with consumers and residents in their areas.

To personalize information learned on the county fact sheets, farmers can share their stories by thinking about the following questions:

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•What are you doing on your farm to address natural resource concerns?

•What role does your farm play in helping maintain a healthy watershed?

•What would your county and its economy look like if you took land out of farming?

•What is the importance of good agronomic practices as part of your overall conservation plan?

•What role do the watersheds of your county play in the success of your farm?

Consider examples of how to personalize each of these points to reflect your particular farm and family:

•Farm and ranch families live on the land, breathe the air and drink the water. We are as concerned as our neighbors about protecting the environment.

•Every area of the state is different. Therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

•Farmers use the latest technology to protect and conserve our natural resources.

•Water is an important resource for farmers.

•Farmers are committed to ensuring we all have access to clean water.

•Farmers are committed to finding the right conservation practices for their farms.

To view and print your county fact sheet, visit fbmn.org/ag-water-fact-sheets.

Sources: Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, Minnesota Farm Bureau

Ag water profiles available by county
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