The 3rd Annual Red River Valley (RRV) Agriculture Water Issues Forum will be held July 16 at Jim Kukowski’s Farm by Stathcona, July 17 at Skaurud Grain Farms by Gary and July 18 at Jerry Nordick’s Farm by Rothsay from 8 a.m. to Noon. The theme of the forum is “Building Grower Awareness and Local Engagement.”
With major plans and massive funding designated for water retention and wildlife enhancement projects in the RRV, there is a strong need for area farmers and landowners to become involved in the process. Participants will hear from Congressman Collin Peterson via teleconference, John Finney of the Red River Watershed Management Board and Don Baloun of the Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as, representatives from their local Watershed District, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center. The Gary and Rothsay locations will also have the option to tour a Minnesota Discovery Farm.
Flooding, water retention and drainage are all challenges for northwest Minnesota farmers. More attention and resources are being put toward these issues. At these meetings, attendees can learn about and provide input on local projects for flood reduction and regional and national issues important to farms. Individual farmers can make a difference.
These meetings are organized for farmers with sponsorships from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and northwest Minnesota county Farm Bureaus, Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, RRV Sugar Beet Growers, Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Checkoff.
These sessions are free and no pre-registration is necessary. A free meal will be provided following each meeting. Speaker information and specific directions to each location are at the Minnesota Wheat Grower’s website, www.smallgrains.org.
Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.