Wednesday, July 9, 2014

3rd Annual RRV Agriculture Water Issues Forum

Drainage, flooding, retention, and water quality are huge issues for NW Minnesota farmers. As a result, your state and local agricultural organizations are getting together to host three water retention meetings in the area. These meetings are meant to help get farmers engaged in conversations regarding water retention in their local watershed districts as well as help develop projects that will benefit the Red River Basin. 

These organizations need involvement of area farmers and landowners as the 2014 Farm Bill has designated funding for water retention and wildlife enhancement projects in the Red River Valley (RRV). With the potential for a large amount of monetary resources heading this way, now is the opportunity to give farmers a chance to learn more and ask questions about water retention on ag land and its role in reducing flooding impacts in RRV.

RRV Meeting Locations
Jim Kukowski Farm - Strathcona, MN / Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Skaurud Grain Farms - Gary, MN / Thursday, July 17, 2014 / 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jerry Nordick Farm - Rothsay, MN / Friday, July 18, 2014 / 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Attending these meetings will be John Finney, President, Red River Watershed Management Board; Don Baloun, State Conservationist, MN NRCS; Representative Collin Peterson (in-person or via conference call), Local Watershed District Administrators and other experts will also be on hand. To find out which local watershed districts will be represented at each of the locations, go to the website below.

These sessions are free and no pre-registration is necessary. Speaker information and specific directions to each location are at the Minnesota Wheat Grower’s website,

The meetings are organized & sponsored by: MN Farm Bureau Federation & NW MN County Farm Bureaus, MN Association of Wheat Growers, MN Agricultural Water Resource Center, RRV Sugar Beet Growers Association, MN Corn Growers Association, MN Soybean Growers Association, & the MN Soybean Checkoff