ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Minnesota landowners are on track for meeting the state's first deadline for putting buffer strips of vegetation between cropland and public waters.

The Board of Water and Soil Resources says 94 percent of parcels that require them
will have pollution protections in place by the Nov. 1 deadline. Landowners who
can't meet the deadline can get extensions until July 1 if they can show they have a plan for complying.

Landowners also need buffers along public ditches by Nov. 1, 2018.

Gov. Mark Dayton championed the 2015 buffer law to reduce farm pollution entering
Minnesota waters.

While the statewide compliance rate looks high, many heavily agricultural
counties in western and southern Minnesota have less than 80 percent compliance,
and some with the most row crops are under 70 percent compliant.

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