Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program

I think we can all agree that clean water = great beer. That’s why we are happy to announce yet another Minnesota Water Quality Certified farmer! Through our partnership with Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District, every farm that gets the water quality certification also receives a Minnesota Gold 16 oz. 12 pack and a Minnesota Gold tin sign.

McAndrews Dairy LLC, consisting of Joe, Betty, Michael, and Kate, from Sauk Centre, recently became water quality certified through the MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program. Over the past few years, they have made upgrades to their manure storage facilities, which has allowed them to more efficiently utilize the manure generated from their 400-cow dairy. They are also utilizing no-till planting and cover crops in their cropping system to reduce the potential for runoff and leaching of nutrients and sediment to water resources. To become certified, they agreed to install alternative tile inlets on all open tile inlets to further improve water quality. Thank you for all you do to support this clean water initiative, McAndrews Dairy, and congratulations on the certification!

From left to right: Dennis Fuchs, Stearns County SWCD Administrator, Michael McAndrews, and Mark Lefebvre, SWCD Nutrient Management Specialist

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