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Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen, left, and Gov. Tim Walz, right, present producer Jon Stevens, center, with his MAWQCP certifiication.

MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program celebrates milestone

ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 500,000 acres of Minnesota farmland is now enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

The program marked the milestone at Jon and Carin Stevens’ Maple Grove Farm near Rush City in Pine County. The Stevens’ grow a variety of crops, including corn, soybeans and small grains, and they raise beef cattle.

“With over half a million acres of farmland enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, farmers across Minnesota are continuing to do what they’ve always done: stepped up to do the hard work that needs to be done,” said Governor Tim Walz. “Water is one of our state’s most valuable resources and it’s our responsibility to continue protecting it through proven conservation practices and strong partnerships with our farmers.”

"I participated in Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program because water quality is part of being a responsible farmer and steward of the land," said Jon Stevens.

“Jon and other farmers see the value of the Ag Water Quality Certification Program and what water and soil conservation means to their families, neighbors and future generations,” said Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. “This farm-by-farm approach to water quality is making measured improvements to this valuable natural resource while ensuring farmers’ profitability.”