For quite some time the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been developing rules for nitrogen management. Representatives of farm and environmental groups, researchers and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture worked together to develop these rules. They have been published for public comment. The comments will be considered and a final draft will be published again for public comment. Implementation is projected by fall 2018. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be hosting a meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the nitrogen rules.

The meeting will be Thursday starting at 2PM at the University of Minnesota Regional Extension office in Farmington. That is on the west side of the Dakota County Fairgrounds. These final rules on nitrogen management will need to be followed. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be able to take enforcement action if needed. However, they prefer education and assistance in helping farmers adopt the nitrogen fertilizer management plan.