May 09, 2016

Statewide Water Quality Program Gains Following

More than 120 Minnesota farmers have been certified

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A water quality certification program for Minnesota farmers has gained considerable traction as at least 400 farmers had at least expressed interest in applying for certification.

According to a report from AgriNews, a memorandum of understanding between the state the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture ensures certified farmers are compliant for 10 years.

Farms go through an assessment process to determine its management, characteristics and conservation practices. Farms that score high enough—8.5 out of 10—are designated a Minnesota Water Quality Certified Farm.

According to the program manager, approximately 5.5 million pounds of soil have been saved from erosion through the certification process.