Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program is designed to accelerate voluntary adoption of agricultural practices that enhance water quality. It is the product of a state-federal partnership that includes the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The first step of the program was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on January 17, 2012, by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The MOU document formalized the state-federal partnership and confirms the joint commitment to developing and implementing the program.
An advisory committee was formed in July 2012 and met on a monthly basis until November 2012. This committee is made up of 15 members and includes farmers and representatives from agricultural, business, and conservation organizations.
This committee completed a series of meetings and delivered recommendations to the MDA Commissioner in November 2012. The committee submitted a series of recommendations presented in seven position papers. The Commissioner will use the recommendations in making final determinations about the program details and implementation process. The advisory committee will continue to serve at key steps of the process to review draft components.
For details about the committee and the program, including the recommendations of this committee, please visit the Ag Water Quality Certification Program webpage on the MDA's website.
About the Issue
The signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding establishing the development of a Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program agreed to form an Advisory Committee to develop the program. The Committee’s role is to provide diverse and substantive input in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner of Agriculture on the development and implementation of the program. Formal records are kept of meetings to record the input, concerns and recommendations of members. The development of the program will include a process for public comment.
Project Details by Fiscal Year
Competitive Grant Making Body
Kirby Hettver Hettver Farms
Tony Thompson Willow Lake Farm
Nathan Collins Swift County Farm Bureau
Doug Peterson Minnesota Farm Bureau
Doug Albin Yellow Medicine Corn Growers
Robert Lefebvre Minnesota Milk Producers Association
Bill Zurn Minnesota Soybean Growers
Dean Fairchild The Mosaic Company
Dennis Berglund Centrol Crop Consulting
Beth Croteau-Kallestad Cannon River Watershed Partnership
Kris Sigford MN Center for Environmental Advocacy
Jim Kleinschmit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Dennis Fuchs Stearns County SWCD
James Riddle Winona County SWCD
Mike Myser City of Prior Lake