Monday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton officially launched a new agricultural water quality pilot project. It’s designed to enhance water quality in the state. Minnesota Assistant State Ag Commissioner Matt Wohlman says 4 total watersheds located in the southeast, southwest, central and northwest are included in the project.
Wohlman says under the pilot program ,farmers become certified and for a specified period of time for up to ten years maximum.
He says USDA NRCS provides $ 6.5 million for the project with the state kicking in an additional $ 3 million. Farmers in the watersheds need to work with their local NRCS and State Ag Department officials.