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Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Advisory Committee


List of Committee Members
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Advisory Committee Recommendations (PDF: 398.5 KB / 9 pages)

Charge to the Advisory Committee

The logo for the Minneosta Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.The Commissioner of Agriculture (the Commissioner) is responsible for the operation and delivery of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) in consultation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Board of Water and Soil Resources.  Authorizing statute further specifies that the Commissioner will consult the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program Advisory Committee in carrying out this responsibility.

Committee members are asked to provide comments and recommendations in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner on the advancement of the MAWQCP, the achievement of its goals, and the betterment of Minnesota's water quality and agricultural industry.

Charge

The charge for the 2017-2018 Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) Advisory Committee is to provide Commissioner Frederickson and MAWQCP program staff with strategic advice and recommendations for growing the MAWQCP to serve farmers and ranchers, the agricultural industry, and the nation's water resources. Committee Membership as sought and selected to serve on the 2017-2018 MAWQCP Advisory Committee shall apply their experience and expertise to identify:

  • Means to integrate and align the MAWQCP in support and advancement of private sector sustainability goals and initiatives;
  • Means to promote participation via mechanisms and among communities and growers not engaged via current program delivery operations.

This charge and its successful fulfilment should realize a statewide target of 1,000,000 MAWQCP-certified acres by the end 2019.

The committee may provide other recommendations pertaining to program operations, outreach and engagement to ensure that the program is successful.

Advisory Committee Process and Final Product

Committee meetings will be facilitated by a person provided by the MDA.  Formal records will be kept of meetings to record the input, concerns and recommendations of members.  The MDA will develop agendas and issues for input, taking questions and concerns of committee members into account.

Members will be encouraged to explore and propose topics for discussion by the Committee.  Committee members will be free to share input within the context of meetings or outside of the meetings.  Supplemental information or formal recommendations submitted to the MDA will be made part of the record.  Discussion between committee members will be facilitated to encourage interaction. The interaction will be intended to help clarify, expand and build upon input provided.

Periodically, the Commissioner will ask the committee to provide recommendations for fulfilling the Charge and expanding the MAWQCP for the benefit of agricultural producers and improvement of Minnesota's lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.