State Legislators Tour Farm for Lessons on Sustainable Farming and Nutrient Pollution
Legislators learn from experts and local farmers to inform Mississippi River policymaking
On June 18, legislators gathered in Red Wing with fellow state legislators to discuss on-farm conservation efforts and the benefits of sustainable farming on reducing nutrient pollution.
Nutrient pollution is one of the leading issues facing the health of the Mississippi River. While fertilizer run-off from farms is often one of the largest contributors to pollution, they are also able to make the greatest impacts.
The Lake City Catholic Worker Farm is a locally based farm using restorative agricultural practices and diversifying their crops.
“Sustainable farming helps agricultural communities thrive for the benefit of us all,” said Rep. Rick Hansen. “Sustainable farming practices improve soil and water quality, enhance biodiversity, and provide new economic opportunities. I appreciated the chance to see some of these innovative methods in use during our tour of the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm.”
“I was excited to tour one of our local farms with state legislators and learn more about their great work,” said Mayor Dowse. “This coordination opens up many opportunities to continue tackling nutrient pollution through multiple levels of government.”
Mississippi River Legislative Caucus (MRLC) staff organized the tour and discussion to allow farmers, legislators, and city officials to have a space to learn and discuss means for improved collaboration.
“After touring the Lake City Catholic Worker Farm, legislators were inspired and are dedicated to working together to improve nutrient pollution reduction along the Mississippi River corridor,” said NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk. “We are inspired by their motivation and desires to coordinate together as they work towards a healthier Mississippi River.”
Legislators in attendance are a part of the Mississippi River Legislative Caucus (MRLC). The MRLC was established to better coordinate state legislators in the states bordering the Mississippi River around river health and sustainable infrastructure development.
The Mississippi River Legislative Caucus is a project of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). Created by and for state legislators, NCEL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.