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Clay County Farm Receives Water Quality Certification

Clay County Farm Receives Water Quality Certification

April 29, 2024 by

Last November, father-son duo Mark and Jason Fillbrandt, joined over 1,400 producers in becoming stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). 

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Hough Family Farms Achieve Water Quality Certification

Hough Family Farms Achieve Water Quality Certification

April 8, 2024 by

Hough Farms, proudly operated by brothers Ryan and Michael, joins the rising number of producers becoming certified as stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) - a voluntary opportunity that certifies farmers taking the lead in implementing conservation-minded practices to protect water quality. The Hough brothers’ farm accompanies over 1,400 producers in Minnesota farming one million certified acres within the program.

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Hjelle Farm Looks Back at 2021 Water Quality Certification

Hjelle Farm Looks Back at 2021 Water Quality Certification

March 26, 2024 by

Two years ago, Glenn Hjelle’s farming operation joined the continuously rising number of producers becoming certified as stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). At the time, the voluntary program that certifies farming operations implementing conservation-minded practices garnered over 950,000 certified acres. Today, that number has risen to over one million along with over 1,400 Minnesota producers—a well-earned milestone for the almost decade-old program.

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What the heck is an SWCD?

What the heck is an SWCD?

October 27, 2023 by

Soil and Water Conservation District, Soils Office, Soil Conservation Service, Soil and Water, what….? What is a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) other than a mouthful, and why should you care?  I’ve been working for SWCD’s for over 25 years and I believe that 90% of the general public does not know what a SWCD is or what we do. So, what the heck is an SWCD?

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Marschall Farm Achieves Water Quality Certification

Marschall Farm Achieves Water Quality Certification

October 18, 2023 by

Gary and Lisa Marschall’s feeder cattle farm joins the rising number of producers becoming certified water quality stewards through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)—a voluntary opportunity for farmers taking the lead in implementing conservation-minded practices to protect water quality. The Marschall’s 235 acres of both owned and leased farmland achieved water quality certification in September 2023, accompanying over 1,300 producers in Minnesota farming over 950,000 certified acres within the almost 10-year-old program.

 

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What Is Happening To My Trees?

What Is Happening To My Trees?

September 5, 2023 by

“What is happening to my trees?” is the most common question that I’ve been hearing over the past month. 

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Beck Farms, Inc. Becomes Water Quality Certified

Beck Farms, Inc. Becomes Water Quality Certified

July 10, 2023 by

Beck Farms, Inc., operated by its 4th generation family farmer, Tony Beck, has recently become water quality certified through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program, which originated in 2014, is a voluntary process that certifies farming operations utilizing conservation-minded practices to protect water quality throughout Minnesota for 10 years.

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Weaving People and Nature Together

June 14, 2023 by

Michael Birchard and Peace Mitchell are now certified stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), a voluntary program that certifies producers using conservation-minded practices to protect water quality. Their multigenerational black-owned farmstead, Frog Tree Farm, operates under a canopy of Pines, Firs, and Oaks nestled along the Crow Wing River.

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MN Ag Water Quality Certified Farm is Growing for the Community

MN Ag Water Quality Certified Farm is Growing for the Community

June 10, 2023 by

Underneath a canopy of aged hardwoods north of Crosby lies 10.5 acres of land dedicated to growing fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms for the local community. The operation is run by Derrick Justin, who recently became water quality certified through the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), on May 4, 2023. The program itself is voluntary and certifies producers using conservation-minded practices to protect water quality.

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Teiken Farm Earns Water Quality Stewardship Certification

Teiken Farm Earns Water Quality Stewardship Certification

May 23, 2023 by

Jason Teiken joins the rising number of producers becoming certified as stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) - a voluntary opportunity that certifies farmers taking the lead in implementing conservation-minded practices to protect water quality. Teiken’s operation accompanies over 1,300 producers in Minnesota farming more than 950,000 certified acres within the program.

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Keranen Pasture-Based Farm Earns Water Quality Certification

Keranen Pasture-Based Farm Earns Water Quality Certification

May 19, 2023 by

Bob Keranen’s grass-fed cattle farm joins the rising number of producers becoming certified as stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) - a voluntary opportunity that certifies farmers taking the lead in implementing conservation-minded practices to protect water quality. Keranen’s 320 acres of pastureland achieved water quality certification in April of 2022, accompanying over 1,300 producers in Minnesota farming more than 950,000 certified acres within the program.

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Four Hill Farms  Inc. Now Water Quality Certified

Four Hill Farms Inc. Now Water Quality Certified

April 24, 2023 by

Four Hill Farms Inc., proudly operated by Nathan and Jacob Thompson, has recently become water quality certified under the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program, which originated in 2014, is a voluntary process that certifies farming operations utilizing conservation-minded practices to protect water quality throughout Minnesota for a duration of 10 years. Throughout that time, producers are deemed to be compliant with any new water quality rules and maintain priority for technical assistance to implement more practices that promote water quality.

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Sedlachek Family Farms Achieve Water Quality Certification

Sedlachek Family Farms Achieve Water Quality Certification

April 10, 2023 by

Sedlachek Family Farms, operated under a partnership between Freddy Mogensen and Brian Sedlachek, has recently joined the rising number of farms becoming certified as Minnesota stewards of water quality through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) - a voluntary process that certifies producers using conservation-minded practices to protect water quality throughout Minnesota.

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