As of late, the regulatory environment seems to be challenging. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association President Jamie Beyer says there are always developments, but no major improvements. At Commodity Classic, the association followed a resolution addressing when federal agencies acquire land. Beyer, who farms at Wheaton, says the agencies would maintain a guarantee of drainage. “That is a big issue for us in the Red River Valley,” says Beyer. “You might have the Fish and Wildlife Service come onto a property and now all of a sudden neighbors are being flooded out because the drainage isn’t being preserved.” Beyer goes on to say when people hear about water issues, they often automatically assume it’s related to drought. “That’s not the case in the Red River Valley. We often have too much water so it’s a matter of letting them know it’s a completely different problem.”
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