State Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says his department will issue a draft rule, probably within four to six weeks, on farmers’ use of nitrogen fertilizer. He says, “It will have a good amount of common sense in it. You know, this law that gives us the ability to do it is 28 years old.” Frederickson says the rule will look at practices that don’t degrade the water supply. He says farmers can rest assured it will take soil types into account.
Frederickson notes you can’t buy fertilizer with phosphates in the Twin Cities. He says, “I know that farmers say, well, what about them? And I hate to see that, because it continues to pit urban dwellers against farmers. I’ve always said that, let’s all be part of the solution.”