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Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

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The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.

Through this program, certified producers receive:

  • Regulatory certainty: certified producers are deemed to be in compliance with any new water quality rules or laws during the period of certification
  • Recognition: certified producers may use their status to promote their business as protective of water quality
  • Priority for technical assistance: producers seeking certification can obtain specially designated technical and financial assistance to implemetn practices that promote water quality 

Through this program, the public receives:

  • Assurance that certified producers are using conservation  practices to protect Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams

Program Background

Advisory Committee

Pilot Projects

Assessment Process

Become a Certified Farm!

Assistant Commissioner Matthew Wohlman with certified farmers in the Whiskey Creek pilot area.If you are a farmer in one of the four MAWQCP Pilot Areas, you are now eligible to participate in this program.

Why should you participate?

  • To protect and improve water in local lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Regulatory certainty
  • Recognition for conservation stewardship
  • Priority access to financial and technical assistance
  • To ensure farm productivity for the next generation
  • Greater stability to plan for and invest in conservation practices
  • To be part of the solution




Assistant Commissioner Matthew Wohlman with certified farmer in Middle Sauk River pilot area.Stay Connected

In the News

MAWQCP Brochure (PDF: 2.27 MB / 2 pages)

Summer 2014 Newsletter (PDF: 3.37 MB / 4 pages) 

Fall 2014 Newsletter (PDF: 3.47 MB / 3 pages)

Sign up to receive program updates on the MAWQCP Email List.

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MDA Contact

Brad Redlin, Program Manager