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Water critical to success of Minnesota agriculture

Water remains central to the success of agriculture in Minnesota.

AgriGrowth executive director Tamara Nelsen says drought conditions impacted many farmers in the state this year.

“And I think it’s increasingly evident to folks in Minnesota that whether it’s a dry year or a wet year or both, one of the big issues is water. Water availability, water storage, water management.”

She tells Brownfield collaboration and the adoption of new technologies in irrigation and water storage will be crucial as weather extremes become more common.

“We just need the nod to implement those so that we can continue to provide the safest, most affordable food products and ag products in our nation. But also to help address issues related to concerns about climate.”

Despite more moisture this fall, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of Minnesota is abnormally dry, with parts of the state in moderate to severe drought.

Nelsen says the drought will be a topic discussed during the AgriGrowth Ag and Food Summit Thursday in Minneapolis.

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