Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Advisory Committee Meeting
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Orville Freeman Building
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
(Copy of the PPT available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Welcome and Introductions: Brad Redlin began the meeting welcoming the committee, facilitating introductions and noting the 'rules of the road'.
Committee members attending were:
Commissioner Frederickson welcomed the new 2017-18 MAWQCP Advisory Committee to their first meeting. Brad Redlin reviewed this meeting’s objectives to build a personal and group understanding of the MAWQCP committee’s history and purpose and to meet committee colleagues and begin to understand their perspectives. To do so, each member introduced themselves with name, representation and what place of image comes to mind when you think about Minnesota’s strong farming and water protection heritage.
Charge to the Advisory Committee: Brad Redlin introduced the charge for the 2017-2018 Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) Advisory Committee. That charge 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:
Each member was then asked for one questions that they would like answered now or during their term. The following is a list of the questions.
MAWQCP Overview: Brad Redlin and the staff of MAWQCP provided the members with an extensive overview of the program from its inception to include background and status, program operations, assessment process and partners.
Following lunch, the committee discussed what they wanted to learn and achieve over their term expiring June 30, 2018. Meeting the producers and seeing the process first hand was a unanimous request. Staff will schedule two farm tours during the summer and will follow the next advisory committee meeting in September.
Meeting ended at 2:00 PM