First-of-its-Kind P3 Helps Minnesota Farmers with Water Quality

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently entered a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to improve water quality in Southern Minnesota, putting farmers in control of their conservation practices.

“One of the best, most effective conservation efforts start with our food producers and land stewards – farmers,” said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, one of the partners. “By putting farmers in the drivers’ seat, offering proven cutting-edge conservation tools and technology, and establishing clear benchmarks for success, the Cedar River Watershed partnership is set up for long-term sustainability and measurable improvements to water quality in the region.”

The Cedar River Watershed partnership guides farmers to become certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). MAWQCP rewards farmers for their water quality conservation practices with specialty technology and financial assistance.

Click here for more information on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture public-private partnership.

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