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:
Through this program, the public receives:
This program certifies farmers for managing the land within their operation in a way that protects water quality. Local conservation professionals assist farmers through the certification process. Begin by contacting your local Soil and Water Conservation District or a local Certifying Agent. A Program Application will need to be completed to begin the process but certification of compliance with existing laws and rules will not need to be complete until the Certification Agreement is signed. The Certifying Agent will work with you to complete the assessment process.
The first step of this process is the Assessment Tool. To prepare for this it will be helpful to gather some information about the management of your operation. A Farm Producer Data Report and maps of all the tracts in your farm operation may be obtained at your FSA office. Other information helpful for the assessment includes soil test reports, nutrient application information, manure tests and application records as well as pesticide records. This Data Collection Guide can be useful in knowing what the assessment will cover. The Certifier will also need to conduct a field review of your farm to look for erosion or other potential impacts to water quality. Remedies to any issues found will need to be included in the certification agreement. Whenyour whole farm operation meets program standards it will be eligible to become a Water Quality Certified Farm.
View the online assessment tool.
Financial Assistance Available
MAWQCP Brochure (PDF: 3.58 MB / 2 pages)
Sign up to receive program updates on the MAWQCP Email List.
Email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brad Redlin, Program Manager
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com