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Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)

The MAWQCP certifies farmers and landowners for managing their land in a way that protects water quality through a whole-farm assessment that evaluates:                                                      

                                                -Physical field characteristics
                                                -Nutrient management factors
                                                -Tillage management factors
                                                -Pest management factors
                                                -Irrigation and tile drainage management
                                                -Conservation practices

Producers interested in becoming certified also receive priority status for technical and financial assistance through USDA Programs. This funding tends to be largely unused! Take Advantage Now!

The Yellow Medicine SWCD is currently accepting applications for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.  The program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water.  Farmers and landowners who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years.

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The MAWQCP puts producers together with local professionals and the new on-line field assessment tool to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they are found, while also avoiding the expense, time and trouble of applying half-measures or implementing misplaced actions.


If you are interested in certifying your farm with the MAWQCP program, contact the Yellow Medicine SWCD office to complete an application.

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