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House and senate introduce full funding for Forever Green

To get to our clean water goals in Minnesota, we need to plant more perennial and cover crops. But these crops need to be profitable before farm operations can effectively make the change. To address this challenge, two bills were introduced in mid-February in the house and senate that will fully fund the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative.  >>

February 12
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. Credit: University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative. 

We know that getting to clean water in Minnesota means adding more perennial and cover crops. These crops are great for water quality and soil health, and can also benefit wildlife and our climate (by sequestering more carbon).

But we also know that farm operations won't make that switch unless these crops are profitable.

Curved terraces of green alfafa

Alfalfa is a perennial crop that protects water quality and soil health, enhances habitat and is profitable for farmers to grow. Boosting markets for such crops is a win-win for our environment and farm prosperity.

In 2019, FMR will be asking $8 million for the “Working Lands Drinking Water Protection Program”. This approach allows us to protect our drinking water while maintaining farm prosperity — a key part of FMR’s water quality mission. 

The Legislature should respect Minnesotans' votes.

Restoring our voter-approved Environmental Trust Fund will help protect our state's water legacy. (Join us for Water Action Day 2019!)

This session, FMR and our coalition partners are teaming up to advance a new way forward for clean water in Minnesota: The Minnesota Water Act.

The final part of this four-part act aims to reverse the most critical environmental rollback from the 2018 legislative session: the Environmental Trust Fund raid. 

All Minnesotans deserve clean water

Minnesotans gather at the Capitol to remind legislators that not everyone in the Land of 10,000 Lakes has clean public drinking water, lakes, creeks or rivers. (Join us for Water Action Day 2019!)

This session, FMR and our coalition partners are teaming up to advance a new way forward for clean water in Minnesota: The Minnesota Water Act.

The third part of the four-part Minnesota Water Act promotes critical investments in clean water.

All Minnesotans deserve clean water

Water is essential for life. Protecting it doesn't have to be a partisan issue. (Join us for Water Action Day 2019!)

This session, FMR and our coalition partners are teaming up to advance a new way forward for clean water in Minnesota: The Minnesota Water Act.

The second article of this four-part bill package includes nonpartisan and realistically achievable policy goals. 

Water Bill Part 2: Simple bipartisan policy changes for clean water

Article two features a handful of modest, common-sense policy reforms that can pass through a divided government and help protect our water.

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