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Minn. lawmakers compromise on sand mining rules

Bloomberg: Critics of silica sand mining had hoped the Minnesota Legislature would adopt aggressive statewide rules to protect people and the environment. What finally emerged from the just-completed session, however, was a compromise that still leaves key decisions up to local governments. The sand in the bluffs and hills of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin has been in high demand for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the new technology unlocking vast new deposits of oil and natural gas in...

USDA funds research on crops and climate change

Bloomberg: The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests. The goal is to help farmers and foresters continue producing food and timber while trying to limit the impact of a changing environment. The three studies are bringing together researchers from a wide variety of fields and encouraging them to find solutions appropriate to specific geographic areas. One study will focus on corn in the Midwest corn, another on wheat in the...