The signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding, which established the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, agreed to form an Advisory Committee to develop the program. The Committee’s role was to provide diverse and substantive input in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner of Agriculture on the development and implementation of the program. Formal records are kept of meetings to record the input, concerns and recommendations of members.
This committee completed a series of meetings and delivered recommendations to the MDA Commissioner in November 2012. The committee submitted a series of recommendations presented in seven position papers. The Commissioner has used the recommendations in making final determinations about the program details and implementation process. These recommendations were also the basis for legislation defining the program in statute in 2013 (MN Statute 17.9891).