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Agriculture Resource Management: Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a statewide program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). This is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Through this program, certified producers receive:

  • Regulatory certainty: certified producers are deemed to be in compliance with any new State or Federal water quality rules or laws during the 10 year certification period. Compliance with existing or new local ordinances is still required.
  • Recognition: certified producers receive recognition with a sign, and may use the certification to promote their business as being responsive to protecting water quality.
  • Priority technical assistance: producers seeking certification can obtain specially designated technical and financial assistance from the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement practices that promote water quality.

Are you interested in becoming certified?

Contact the SWCD at 651-480-7777 and we can assist you with the application process. We will go through a whole-farm assessment with you that evaluates the following:


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

For More Information:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture