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Winter-hardy perennial crops, under development through the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative, are green and growing even when other farm fields are barren.

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Clean Water Council FY2018-2019 Recommendations by Category

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In 2008, a strong majority of Minnesotans voted to adopt the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. One third of the state sales tax revenue derived through the Legacy Amendment is invested in clean water projects through the Clean Water Fund.

Water is likely to be a hot topic at the Minnesota state Capitol this year.

Water is likely to be a hot topic during Minnesota's 2016 legislative session, which began Tuesday, March 8. Here are some of FMR's top legislative priorities.

Native prairie plants are good for our waters, pollinators and, with the right incentives in place, farmers' incomes.

Coming soon to Minnesota: perennial landscapes that can be used to produce fuel, energy and green chemicals while protecting our water quality and boosting farm profits.

FMR, in concert with a diverse group of allies, is working to advance legislation to create a powerful new incentive for Minnesota farmers to plant perennial crops.

Water running off farm fields carries pollution into the nearest waterways.

Without a buffer strip of grass or other perennial vegetation, water runs straight off a farm field, carrying phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment into nearby streams, lakes and rivers.

Bowing to pressure from agribusiness groups and Republican lawmakers, Gov. Mark Dayton made statewide news with a surprise announcement in late-January: a major portion of the 2015 buffer bill is being rolled back. As a result, hundreds of miles of private ditches will be exempt from buffer requirements and will continue to carry polluted farm runoff into Minnesota's waters. 

If we want clean water, we must support clean water infrastructure.

Bonding can be a complicated process, but it basically means "how much money should the state borrow to fund priority programs or projects."  If we want clean water, we need to fund the infrastructure to support it as well as habitat and conservation programs.

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