When the economy goes in circles, everybody wins.
The researchers concluded that agriculture is tainting private wells even when farmers are following generally accepted farming practices. …
If people there want nitrate levels to go down in the long term, the farming practices set out in nutrient management plans — such as when and how much manure or other waste is added to fields — will have to change, the researchers wrote.
The campaign asks Minnesotans to eliminate pesticides, improve landscapes and create new habitat to encourage pollination. The MDA [Minnesota Department of Agriculture] released a list of tips for homeowners to apply these changes to their yard.
When we moved to our farm after graduating from Farm Beginnings, the land had been farmed conventionally with corn and soybeans. Nothing unusual about that—the farm had not been abused, it wasn’t overgrown to weeds or highly eroded. I’m sure the former owners had been using the typical agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, corn and bean varieties. We had good soil types to work with. The soil types were, in fact, far better than at our previous home where the topsoil had been sold and all that was left was red clay.However, the soil on our new farm was “biologically DEAD.”