Report: Feds Could Do More to Help Protect Farms from Climate Change

By: Mike Moen (Minnesota News Connection)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extreme rain events and wide swings in temperatures are just some of the climate-change threats facing Minnesota farmers. And their advocates say federal policymakers need to do more to make sure farmers are protected from crop losses caused by changing weather patterns. This year in Minnesota, many farmers have struggled with the fall harvest due to muddy fields.

10 Minute Walk to a Park

Story and Video by Bill Sorem
A 10 minute walk to a park for 97% of the Minneapolis population was one of the metrics that has traditionally kept Minneapolis on the top of the listing of cities park systems by The Trust For Public Land. The 2019 listing had Minneapolis in 3rd place, behind St.Paul which was in second. First place went to Washington D.C. In 2018, Minneapolis was in first place for the 6th consecutive year, with St. Paul 2nd. Christensen noted that this was a nice honor, but only one of the considerations in park system planning.

Minneapolis skyline reflects on Mississippi River

Water Action Day is Wednesday in Minnesota

Business leaders, residents and those concerned about clean drinking water in Minnesota are converging on the state Capitol on Wednesday for Water Action Day.

Minnesota ranks fourth in ethanol production in the U.S

Study: Corn Ethanol Production Destroying Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife habitat near corn-ethanol refineries has been destroyed at a fast pace since a federal law was passed to produce more biofuels according to a new study from the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Wisconsin and the National Wildlife Federation.

Howling For Wolves Rally At Capitol

Wolf Supporters Rally For Hunting Ban

Defenders of wolves raised a howl at the Capitol for Wolf Day 2017. They want the legislature to repeal the wolf hunting law and to ban snaring of all wild animals.

Funding for programs that work with fishermen to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes is threatened.

Great Lakes Restoration Funds May be Cut

A program that has made huge progress in cleaning up the Great Lakes would be essentially defunded under a budget proposal from the Trump administration.

Protesters say they won't give up their fight to stop the flow of oil through Minnesota and other states.

Pipeline Protesters Watching, Waiting

Those protesting the movement of oil through Minnesota and through tribal land in North Dakota say they won’t stop fighting because the future of the planet is at stake.

Rural Minnesotans, including farmers, are in St. Paul today, discussing their priorities in how local policymakers are responding to climate change.

Rural Minnesotans Talk Climate Change Priorities

How will Minnesota’s rural communities weather climate change in the coming years? Rural Minnesotans, including farmers, are discussing their priorities in how local policymakers are responding to climate change.

Minnesota Takes Lead in Protecting Pollinators

Minnesota is being called a leader when it comes to restricting the use of pesticides that environmentalists say hurt bees. Governor Mark Dayton has ordered the broadest restrictions in the country on the use chemicals known as neonicotinoids.