Agriculture and Environment

Agriculture is a way of life for thousands of Minnesotans and a key part of our economy and culture. Ensuring the ability of farmers to make a living from the land while also limiting environmental impacts from production agriculture is a difficult but critical issue.

Collaboration between farmers, businesses, environmental advocates, policy makers, and other key stakeholders is necessary to achieve desired environmental objectives for our farms, communities, and natural resources. Environmental Initiative currently is working with stakeholders to:

  • Build a market-based program to reward commodity crop farmers for demonstrating environmental stewardship on their farms. Learn more about Field Stewards »
  • Develop a set of policy recommendations and industry commitments to reduce agriculture's impact on both groundwater and surface water quality.  Consensus recommendations will be developed by agricultural leaders over a series of meetings in late 2016. Learn more »

Contact Greg Bohrer, Senior Manager, Agriculture and Environment at 612-334-3388 ext. 8112 with your ideas for collaboration or to learn more.