The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) certifies farmers for managing the land within their operation in a way that protects water quality. Area Certification Specialists assist farmers through the certification process. Begin by contacting your local Soil and Water Conservation District or the Area Certification Specialist for your location.
MAWQCP Area Certification Specialists
Northwest: Glen Kajewski, East Polk SWCD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-689-1502
North Central: Jim Lahn, East Otter Tail SWCD, email@example.com, 218-346-4260 x122
West Central: Grant Pearson, Stearns SWCD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 320-428-4374
Northeast: Ryan Clark, Carlton SWCD, email@example.com, 218-384-3891 x6
South Central: Herman Bartsch, Cottonwood SWCD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 507-344-3210
Southwest: Danielle Evers, Pipestone SWCD, email@example.com, 507-825-1199
Southeast: Mark Root, Olmsted SWCD, MSROOTMAWQCP@gmail.com, 507-226-5923
Metro: Caroline D'Huyvetter, MDA, Caroline.D'Huyvetter@state.mn.us, 715-797-3282
After you complete the program application a Certifying Agent will work with you on the assessment process, which includes an online assessment tool and on-farm field verification. Lastly, certification of compliance with existing laws and rules needs to be complete when the certification agreement is signed.