Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

About the program

The Minnesota 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 management practices will be  certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten  years.

Certified Farms Receive:

- Regulatory Certainty: certified producers are deemed to be in  compliance with any new water quality rules or laws during the period of  their certification

- Recognition: certified producers may use their status to promote their business as protective of water quality

-  Priority for technical and financial assistance: producers seeking  certification can obtain specially designated technical and financial  assistance to implement practices that promote water quality

The Public Receives:

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

Becoming a Water Quality Certified Farm

This program certifies farmers for managing the land within their  operation in a way that protects water quality. Agricultural operations  and landowners seeking certification will undergo a whole farm  assessment that evaluates physical field characteristics, nutrient  management factors, tillage management factors, pest management factors,  irrigation and tile drainage management, and conservation practices.  The output of the assessment tool is a unitless index score from 1-10  that aggregates a field's potential risk to water quality. A score of  8.5 or greater is necessary for certification eligibility. 
To view the online assessment tool, visit