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. You can get started by contacting your local Soil and Water Conservation District, your Area Certification Specialist (see below), or contact us and we will follow up with you.

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, compliance with existing laws and rules needs to be complete when the certification agreement is signed. 


MAWQCP Area Certification Specialists

Northwest: Glen Kajewski, East Polk SWCD,, 218-689-1502

North Central: Jim Lahn, East Otter Tail SWCD,, 218-346-4260 x122

Northeast: Ryan Clark, Carlton SWCD,, 218-384-3891 x6

West Central: Grant Pearson, Stearns SWCD,, 320-428-4374

South Central: Herman Bartsch, Cottonwood SWCD,, 507-344-3210

Southwest: Danielle Evers, Pipestone SWCD,, 507-825-1199

Southeast: Mark Root, Olmsted SWCD,, 507-226-5923

Metro: Caroline D'Huyvetter, MDA, Caroline.D', 651-201-6481



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