Eleven employees of the Environmental Protection Agency experienced North Dakota agriculture on the North Dakota Grain Growers Association E-Tour. The group made a stop at NDGGA President Jeff Mertz’s farm near Hurdsfield, where they learned about the environmental and economic importance of drain tile. “They’re concerned about nutrients getting into the water supply,” says Mertz. “However, we’re not putting on large amounts of nitrogen, so it really helps with fixing soil issues.” The EPA group also had the opportunity to see farm equipment and technology in action. ND Grain Growers Second Vice President and Linton farmer Tom Bernhardt says these experiences open gateways for collaboration. “It’s amazing for them to see our pinpoint accuracy that we have with modern technology. We also went to problem fields and showed them things that we can maybe try to correct collaboratively.“
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