The program is the product of a state-federal partnership that includes the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on January 17, 2012, by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. This document formalizes the state-federal partnership and confirms the joint commitment to developing and implementing the program.
The Memorandum of Understanding requested the creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations about the program. This committee is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders that made recommendations through a series of whitepapers. These recommendations were the basis for the program's legislation (MN Statute 17.9891) which was passed in 2013.