Rep. Bennett Invites Ag to Buffer Proposal Listening Session

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea will be hosting a listening session at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the City Center in Blooming Prairie to hear feedback from constituents, farmers and other members of the agriculture community about Governor Dayton’s proposed buffer plan, which would institute a 50-foot buffer zone around “all of Minnesota’s waters, regardless of their classification or designation.”

Rep. Peggy BennettBennett has invited Dayton, Lieutenant Gov. Tina Smith, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, and Board of Water and Soil Resources Executive Director John Jaschke to attend the meeting to present details of their proposal and give farmers a chance to offer input and feedback.

“Farmers all agree on the importance of water conservation and being good stewards of the environment,” Bennett said. “However, I have heard concerns from farmers in our community about the proposed 50-foot buffer. I want to give farmers a chance to hear directly from the Governor or his administration about the proposal that would perhaps put their concerns to rest, and give farmers and the ag community a chance to weigh in to see if we can find some common ground, or a compromise to move forward.”

The meeting is free and open to the public.