Feature Stories

You might be surprised at just how much your favorite Minnesota company is doing about climate change. And I’m talking about some big corporate names. Best Buy. General Mills. 3M.

University of Minnesota Extension Educator Eleanor Burkett is heading up an intensive boots-on-the-ground approach in the battle to slow the spread of invasive species in Minnesota—she’s donning waders in a multi-partner, University-led effort to train hundreds of citizen scientists to become certified Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detectors.

Based in Extension’s Brainerd regional office, Burkett is one of six Extension educators specializing in water resources who report to the Water Resource Center’s (WRC) Associate Director and Extension Program Leader Faye Sleeper.

 The state of Minnesota and Land O'Lakes announced a partnership Wednesday to improve water quality in farm country, leveraging the farmer-owned cooperative's retail network to help expand a state program that encourages farmers to voluntarily implement conservation practices.

Land O'Lakes will promote the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program through its seed and crop protection business, WinField US, using its remote sensing technology to map the topography of fields to reduce erosion and better manage runoff. The network has more than 300 agricultural retailers in Minnesota that reach 25,000 farms.

This summer, hundreds of leaders from many Minnesota communities will take to the water, but instead of fishing, water skiing, or recreating they will be participating in a Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)-sponsored educational workshop. NEMO Workshops-on-the-Water have been educating local officials for more than 10 years providing hands-on learning to local policy-makers, building their knowledge of various plans, practices, and policies involved in water and land use management.