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Home > Protecting Our Lands & Waters > Clean Water Fund > On-Farm Projects > Discovery Farms Minnesota > MDA's role in the Discovery Farms Program

Discovery Farms Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is a technical partner and provides expertise in water monitoring.

The MDA is responsible for the following activities:  Farmer and Discovery Farm staff looking at field and tile drainage maps

  • Providing staff support and purchasing monitoring equipment.
  • Identifying appropriate locations for monitoring equipment at selected farms.
  • Developing procedures for site maintenance, sample collection, sample processing and sample analysis.
  • Training local partners on standard operating procedures.
  • Data Analysis- Quantifying annual, monthly and event specific runoff volumes and losses of sediment, nutrients and other selected constituents and providing annual water quality reports to MAWRC staff.
  • Ensuring all data are captured and archived.
  • Providing quality checks and quality control at all sites.