As a leading agricultural state with more surface waters than any other of the 48 contiguous states and an abundance of clean drinking water, Minnesota is committed to helping farmers, homeowners, and industry protect these water resources.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is responsible for or involved in many water quality programs and initiatives. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program. A low interest loan program run by the MDA that helps finance water quality practices.
  • Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act. The MDA currently oversees several research and other projects aimed at making cleanup efforts more effective.
  • Comprehensive Groundwater Protection Act of 1989. The MDA regulates most matters relating to pesticides and fertilizers.

Browse this page to learn more about these and other MDA programs and resources that help farmers and others protect and preserve Minnesota water resources.