Minnesota farmers asked to take part in survey

Farmers can help the agriculture department by answering questions about fertilizer and pesticide use.


ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging farmers to take part in its annual pesticide and fertilizer survey focusing on best management practices for corn and soybean farmers.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s survey will be mailed, with a follow-up phone call for non-responses. The data helps the MDA track the awareness, adoption, and use of nitrogen and pesticides BMPs and provides guidance to education and research programs.

The mailed survey is being sent this week to the 7,600 Minnesota farmers selected for this project. Farmers who have not returned their questionnaires by mail will be contacted by phone in mid-September.

More information is available at

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

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