Validation of the Minnesota Feedlot Assessment Runoff Model (MinnFARM) for Use in Assessing TMDL's
Bruce Wilson - University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 625-6770
The goal of this project was to validate the Minnesota Feedlot Assessment Runoff Model (MinnFARM). This model was designed to estimate pollution loss from agricultural feedlots and pollution reductions. It was originally designed in 2004, this project updated the model and added additional features. This project enhanced the original MinnFARM model to include alternative runoff treatment systems such as biofilters.
A final report as well as a detailed description of all projects is located at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Fund website.
About the Issue
This project was supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research Program. The overarching goals of this research program are to identify underlying processes that affect water quality, to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices, and to develop technologies to target BMPs to critical areas of the landscape.
MDA funds research that is necessary to protect water resources in Minnesota. All projects are selected by an evaluation team. This team includes a diverse group of external stakeholders and state agency staff that have technical expertise and broad understanding of water quality issues.
In 2008, a total of 12 projects were submitted totaling $1,700,000 in requested funds. The evaluation committee recommended that the top five projects be funded. An additional three projects were selected for sole source contracts. These projects were identified as high priority needs that required specific expertise and resources to effectively address the research question
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