By Anne Koliha, Technician
Already a certified farmer or agricultural landowner with the MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)? Well then, listen up because there are new endorsements that have been added to the program which you can seek. The MAWQCP is launching three new endorsements in addition to the 10-year certification a farmer or agricultural landowner receives in the program. The new endorsements available to water quality certified producers are for soil health, integrated pest management, and wildlife.
“We recognize that many conservation practices targeting water quality also have benefits for other conservation goals, such as wildlife,” said Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. “These Ag Water Quality Certification endorsements celebrate the certified producers who are going above and beyond to implement conservation on their farms.”
“The Minnesota Soil Health Coalition appreciates the dedication of the MAWQCP, helping producers identify and implement practices to improve their operations and resource concerns and value the Soil Health endorsement as another avenue to engage and improve soil health across Minnesota,” said Brian Pfarr, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition Board Chairman.
Certified producers who achieve an endorsement will receive an additional sign for their farm and recognition for their conservation excellence. Any certified farmer or agricultural landowner interested in an endorsement can contact Anne Koliha at Fillmore SWCD office: firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 765-3878, ext. 123.