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Comment period extended for proposed nitrogen fertilizer rule

MOORHEAD - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has extended the public comment period for its draft proposal for the use of nitrogen fertilizer in the state.The purpose of the proposed nitrogen fertilizer rule is to minimize the potenti...

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MOORHEAD - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has extended the public comment period for its draft proposal for the use of nitrogen fertilizer in the state.

The purpose of the proposed nitrogen fertilizer rule is to minimize the potential for nitrate-nitrogen contamination in groundwater and drinking water. Public comments will now be accepted through Friday, Aug. 25.

A public listening session on the rule will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Hawley High School, 714 Joseph St., Hawley, Minn.

All comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted in writing. After consideration of comments received, the MDA expects to publish the final draft of the rule in fall 2017. The rule is expected to be adopted in fall 2018.

Written comments on the draft nitrogen fertilizer rule should be submitted by Friday, Aug. 25, via mail or email to: Larry Gunderson, Fertilizer Technical Unit Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55155-2538 or larry.gunderson@state.mn.us . The MDA asks that comments include a contact name, phone number and/or email address to allow for follow-up discussion.

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