On April 12, 2018, Lake Crystal area farmer and former congressional candidate Greg Mikkelson testified before the Minnesota House Ag Policy Committee about his experience with compliance with the state's buffer. He told a tale of woe, including material about a county employee who feared for his job and a welter of issues. Indeed, Mikkelson worried that he wasn't contacting the right agency.
Mikkelson called for the elimination of the Board of Water and Soil Resources in his testimony.
Not quite the case, the Blue Earth County Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners said in a recent letter to the House committee. Here's the letter for the record that the district board sent to members of the Ag Policy Committee:
2018-05-24 Blue Earth SWCD Letter to House Ag Policy Committee uploaded by Sally Jo Sorensen on Scribd
Here's Mikkelson's testimony and discussion of it. Rep. Tim Miller certainly commented a lot about a county he doesn't represent, carrying on about a "state of fear":
We reported earlier this year on Blue Earth County's successful conservation efforts in Not quite an anti-conservation talking point: Blue Earth Co buffer report reveals success story.
Photo: A buffered ditch. Via the Blue Earth County Soil and Water Conservation District.
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