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​Dakota County, the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, and the University of Minnesota Extension Service launched a cooperative effort to promote farming practices that are both economically and environmentally sound.

Tackling environmental issues in Dakota County presents a unique challenge since its geology and coarse-textured soils make the eastern portion of the county very susceptible to groundwater contamination. To address this, research-based Best Management Practices (BMPs) are being promoted that maintain crop productivity and economic viability while minimizing risks to water quality. Areas of focus include crop nutrient management, integrated pest management and reduced tillage.

For more information, contact Phyllis Bongard, UM Extension Educator in Agriculture Production/Water Quality, at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington, by phone at 651-480-7757 or email bonga028@umn.edu or phyllis.bongard@co.dakota.mn.us.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 9:49 AM