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Mid America Croplife Association (MACA)

Water Update, May 15, 2024 by Andrea Rice, MACA Water Consultant

A team of over 100 soil scientists and agronomy professionals from across the nation have collaborated on developing a new web-based tool to enhance nutrient management. This team represents nearly 50 universities, the USDA, and several nonprofit organizations all driven to reduce nutrient losses from agricultural fields and, therefore, increase farmer profitability.FRST Logo

The Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST) provides an unbiased, science-based interpretation of soil-test phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) values for nutrient recommendations. This will be a huge advancement in soil testing for P and K application, utilizing data from across the United States to enhance nutrient management in increase nutrient use efficiency.

Office of Legislative Auditor Pesticide Regulation Audit - 2020

March 18, 2020

Pesticide Regulation: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has implemented most of the recommendations from OLA’s 2006 report. However, we found room for continued improvement, including better documentation of registration decisions and more clearly communicating with those who file complaints.

Update released in 2021.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Water Quality Reports

The link provides access to some of the more recent reports and work plans prepared by the MDA.

New Economic Contribution Study of Agriculture Shows Industry Adds More Than $37B to Minnesota Economy

MCPR and more than two dozen leading Minnesota agricultural stakeholder groups released the 2020 Economic Contribution Study of Minnesota Agriculture and Forestry. This comprehensive new report demonstrates the significant contribution agriculture has in Minnesota, from adding $37.1 billion in value to the state’s economy to creating more than 388,000 jobs. The study was conducted to show the overall economic contribution of agriculture to Minnesota’s economy with further breakdowns by county and industry. Key highlights from the study found that agriculture and related industries in Minnesota are estimated to contribute:

  • $37.1 billion in total value added
  • 388,134 jobs
  • $105.6 billion in output (sales)
  • $21.4 billion in household income

Of the $37.1 billion in total value added and 388,134 jobs from the agriculture, agri-food, forestry, and related economic activity:

  • Crop production and related industries contributed:
    • $8.7 billion in value added
    • 84,648 jobs

The study includes data and breakdowns by county, industry and more. You can read the full 2020 Economic Contribution Study of Minnesota Agriculture and Forestry here.