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MAWQCP - MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.

Through this program, certified producers receive:

  • Regulatory certainty: certified producers are deemed to be in compliance with any new water quality rules or laws during the period of certification
  • Recognition: certified producers may use their status to promote their business as protective of water quality
  • Priority for technical assistance: producers seeking certification can obtain specially designated technical and financial assistance to implement practices that promote water quality 

Through this program, the public receives:

  • Assurance that certified producers are using conservation  practices to protect Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams


The MAWQCP certifies farmers and landowners for managing their land in a way that protects water quality through a whole-farm assessment that evaluates:

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

To find out more, give our office a call and/or check out this website.

Three logos: "Minnesota Water Quality Certified Farm", "Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment", and "MN Department of Agriculture". All are related to water quality and agricultural certification in Minnesota.