Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says farmers and rural landowners are encouraged to attend these sessions to provide feedback on the program prior to its implementation.
“We want to ensure this program delivers what it should for farmers and for the environment,” said Frederickson. “We want to hear from farmers and others about the proposed program while we’re in the planning stage.”
Under the program, farmers would voluntarily implement and maintain approved conservation plans and receive assurance that their operations meet water quality goals and standards. In return, they would not be required to implement additional water quality practices for the duration of their certification.
The listening session dates, times, and locations are as follows:
Stewartville: Tuesday, February 12, ,
Crookston: Thursday, February 21, , University of
Crookston Ballroom Minnesota
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is the result 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).