Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program enrolls 100,000th acre

From left: Nicole LeBlanc, Dan Maurer, Clare Palmquist, Dean Marshik and Matt Wohlman celebrating 100,000 acres certified through the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program.

From left: Nicole LeBlanc, Dan Maurer, Clare Palmquist, Dean Marshik and Matt Wohlman celebrating 100,000 acres certified through the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program.

Standing proudly in front of their new and improved dairy barn near Pierz, Minn., the Dean Marshik and Clare Palmquist farm, along with their son Daniel Maurer, became certified through Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) last week.

The Marshik Dairy farm put the MAWQCP over 100,000 acres enrolled throughout the state. By enrolling in the voluntary program, Minnesota farmers have helped keep over 7.7 million pounds of sediment out of Minnesota rivers while saving nearly 10.3 million pounds of soil and 4,795 pounds of phosphorus on farms annually.

“This is another way we can ensure our farm and land is around and in the best possible condition for the next generation,” Dean Marshik said during a short ceremony featuring Assistant Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Matt Wohlman.

More information on the voluntary MAWQCP, including details on how farmers can become certified, can be viewed here.

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