Dayton is slated to visit the Hormel Nature Center to pitch his proposal, which is aimed at improving the state's water quality. He's also planning to tout his plan in Worthington before heading to Austin.
The governor's visit comes as his plan is facing major resistance from farm groups and some state lawmakers. Austin DFL Sen. Dan Sparks said his office has been flooded with phone calls and emails from farmers upset with the governor's proposal. Sparks is chairman of the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and said at this point, there are not enough votes on that committee to pass the governor's buffer proposal.
At this point, Sparks said the biggest concerns centers on the buffer zones applying to ditches. Farmers are also concerned they would be unable to use some of their farmland without any sort of reimbursement provided. Ultimately, Sparks said he is hoping that farm groups and the governor can work together to come up with some sort of compromise.
"We have to make sure (farmers) have some buy in and feel like they have a seat at the table," Sparks said.
The governor's plan has won the backing of the Land Stewardship Project, according to a story by Agri-News reporter Janet Kubat.
"We think the governor stepped up to the plate" and is providing bold leadership, said Paul Sobocinski, of Wabasso, a farmer and LSP organizer.