House passes bill prohibiting new nitrogen rules, Dayton promises veto

By |2018-04-17T11:58:42-05:00April 17th, 2018|

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture would not have the final say on adopting rules regulating nitrogen fertilizer application under provisions of a bill passed in the House on Monday. Earlier this year Ag Commissioner Dave Fredrickson proposed plans to require farmers to apply nitrate fertilizer in the spring in the hopes to prevent runoff if it was applied in the fall. Passing on a vote of 69-56, Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says the bill makes the issue political. "Minnesotan's want clean drinking water. We all have to have clean drinking water. It's a fundamental mistake to make that a partisan, [...]