An overwhelming number of Minnesota landowners are in compliance with the state buffer law. Board of Water and Soil Resources Executive Director John Jaschke is pleased with the compliance results. “Ninety-nine percent of the public waters have got buffers on them sufficiently and the public ditches, which had a later timeline, are at 84 percent statewide.” The buffer law is a hot-button issues amongst the Minnesota agriculture groups. Jaschke believes compliance was given a boost with the addition of alternative practices. “That includes one specifically for the Red River Valley that makes accommodations for the very flat landscape.” Jaschke says the new farm bill provides resources to assist with voluntary conservation practices. The State of Minnesota has also supplemented funding for conservation projects through its Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
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