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Recipient
Farmers, Rural Landowners, and Agricultural Supply Businesses
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
Fund Source

The AgBMP Loan Program provides needed funding for local implementation of clean water practices at an extremely low cost, is unique in its structure and is not duplicated by any other source of funding.The AgBMP loan program provides 3% loans through local lenders to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriclture and MN.IT Services
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$82,400
Fund Source

The Application Risk Advisory System is web‑based and provides alerts when conditions are favorable for nutrient loss to water, based on soil conditions and National Weather Service forecast models. This system enables farmers and commercial applicators to avoid applications of fertilizer and manure during conditions when the potential for loss to surface water is high.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$57,640
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$109,887
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,050
Fund Source

A multi-partner effort has begun to study the amount of nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate) leaching loss that occurs below an agricultural field recently converted from timber land to irrigated row crop production. The landowner has made the property and their staff available to better understand the deep drainage and nitrate leaching dynamics following this type of land use change. This study is unique.

Recipient
Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District, Darren Newville, District Manager, darren.newville@mn.nacdnet.net (218) 631-3195 ext. 3
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,338
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,337
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,500
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$76,724
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,852
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$114,991
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has signed a Joint Powers Agreement with Wadena County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,826
Fund Source

The MDA partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Surveys were conducted over the phone. NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.In 2011, the survey focused on the southeast region of Minnesota. The survey was designed to gather information about nitrogen fertilizer rates, timing of nitrogen application and use of nitrogen inhibitors.

Recipient
United States Geological Survey
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
Fund Source

Duluth area streams received over 10 inches of rainfall on June 19 and June 20, 2012. This "500 year event" provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to further understand sediment movement and stream channel alterations due to an event of this magnitude.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$13,578
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,048
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,042
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$13,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,400
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$31,400
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
Fund Source

The Clay County Drainage Site is designed to evaluate the environmental impact of both surface and subsurface drainage from agricultural fields. This site includes six subsurface plots and one surface runoff plot, each approximately 24 acres in size. Monitoring stations are fully automated and each individual plot is monitored separately.The soils and topography across this demonstration site are virtually identical and represent field characteristics common in the most productive agricultural areas of the Red River Valley.

Recipient
Funding is awarded to projects selected by the evaluation committee. This is a competitive process.
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$662,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$663,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$787,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$788,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
Fund Source

The  goals of the program are to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural conservation practices, identify underlying processes that affect water quality, and develop technologies to target critical areas of the landscape. Funded projects provide current and accurate scientific data on the environmental impacts of agricultural practices and help to develop or revise agricultural practices that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining farm profitability.

Recipient
Dakota County Water Resources Department- Jill V. Trescott, (952) 891-7019
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,838
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,176
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,554
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,572
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,122
Fund Source

This project provides information to better understand nitrogen fertilizer management and the potential impacts to local groundwater.

Goals:

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$199,726
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,480
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$233,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The Discovery Farms program is a farmer-led effort to gather information on soil and nutrient loss on farms in different settings across Minnesota. The mission of Discovery Farms Minnesota is to gather water quality information under real-world conditions.

Recipient
Michael Sadowsky - University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water and Climate, sadowsky@umn.edu (612) 624-2706
2008 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$192,804

The objectives of this study were to examine ditch sediment and water samples for the presence and numbers of E.coli and  to determine what proportion of the E.coli were stable member of the microbial community (i.e. indigenous to the sites) and what proportion were likely transient or only present because of run-off. Researchers used sophisticated DNA technology to determine the potential sources of E.coli present in the ditch sediment and water samples.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,350
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,165
Fund Source

This demonstration sites provides information on the characteristics of agricultural drainage from a typical field in south-central Minnesota. Results will help researchers evaluate the environmental and economic impacts of specific management practices.

The goals of this site are:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of nutrient and pesticide Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Evaluate different management practices and compare the environmental and economic benefits
  • Evaluate farm profitability using different crop management practices

 

Recipient
East Otter Tail County SWCD, Darren Newville, District Manager, darren.newville@mn.nacdnet.net 218-346-4260 x110
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$54,543
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$57,290
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,440
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,565
Fund Source
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) to carry out a series of workshops and expand programs that promote proper water and nitrogen management.   
Recipient
University of Minnesota-Extension
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
Fund Source

Funding supports an Irrigation Specialist to develop guidance and provide education on irrigation and nitrogen best management practices (BMPs). In this position, Dr. Vasu Sharma provides direct support to irrigators on issues of irrigation scheduling and soil water monitoring. She is collaborating on the development of new irrigation scheduling tools that help irrigators manage water and nitrogen resources more precisely. These tools help reduce nitrogen leaching losses in irrigated cropping systems.

Recipient
Ag Resource Strategies, LLC
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source

LEQA is a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) program to help livestock producers address, using a non-regulatory approach, the unique water quality issues on their farms. The MDA has contracted with Ag Resource Strategies, LLC, to recruit farmers to enroll in the LEQA program. The company trains technicians to assess different areas of each farms, such as the farmstead, livestock facilities, fields and wooded areas. The technicians then develop an environmental assessment and identify financial assistance for these projects.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,000
Fund Source

Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

Water Research Inventory Database

The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library (MnWRL) is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota. It includes both peer-reviewed articles as well as white papers and reports. The Library provides 'one-stop' access to all types of water research.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Multiple local partners
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,000,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,830
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$173,380
Fund Source

The Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead on implementing conservation practices that protect water quality. Those who implement and maintain approved conservation practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. This program will help address concerns about changing regulatory requirements from multiple state and federal agencies.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,757
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,868
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,550
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000
Fund Source

This project was part of a three-state partnership to test, demonstrate and promote a simple, inexpensive and reliable new system for edge-of-field water monitoring. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm, in collaboration with UW-Platteville Engineering, has developed a low cost monitoring system that can obtain good quality, edge-of-field monitoring data in agricultural settings. By eliminating unnecessary features and assembling components in-house, the prototype monitoring system derives the majority of cost savings with minimal sacrifice in accuracy.

Recipient
Dr. David Mulla, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source

The Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan (NFMP) recognizes that existing best management practices (BMPs) may not adequately protect the groundwater from nitrate contamination in some geologic sensitive areas. The NFMP introduces the concept of alternative management tools (AMTs), which are advanced practices that may be required to protect groundwater or mitigate groundwater contamination.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
Fund Source

The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's monitoring activities is to determine the presence and concentration of pesticides in Minnesota's groundwater and surface water. Monitoring information is used to characterize and assess the extent of pesticide impacts to Minnesota's water resources.

Recipient
The MDA contracted OmniMedia Group for exhibit design and the lesson plan was developed by Stefan Theimer
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,999
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$13,570
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$40,970
Fund Source

Theme of this exhibit: Farmers are combining current conservation practices with new technology to protect the environment. 

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Rock County SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$195,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,400
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,227
Fund Source

"Precision conservation" means targeting conservation practices to places on the landscape where they will be most effective. It's about getting the right practices in the right place, at the right scale.

Recipient
Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,380
Fund Source

The objective of the project is to demonstrate controlled drainage and saturated buffers as flood mitigation practices as well as their water quality and quantity benefits. The project is intended to set a compelling example to increase the acceptance and adoption of drainage water management practices in the Red River Valley.Surface and subsurface runoff will be monitored, and water samples will be collected and analyzed for nitrate-nitrogen.  Installations were completed in 2015-2016.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Fillmore County SWCD (507) 765-3878 ext. 3
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$224,576
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,364
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$235,457
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,730
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$395,000
Fund Source

The Root River Field to Stream Partnership is comprised of farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, The Nature Conservancy, Fillmore and Mower County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Root River SWCD,  Monsanto and academic researchers.Together, project partners are addressing the following key questions:What is the range of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus losses from agricultural fields on real farms in southeast Minnesota?What are the long-term trends and relationships between specific farming practices and water qualit

Recipient
Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District, Kelly Erickson, District Technician 320-634-5327
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$51,574
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$90,300
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$90,306
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,354
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,104
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,883
Fund Source

This project will provide a better understanding of nitrogen fertilizer management on irrigated, sandy soils that are common in central and west-central Minnesota.

Goals:

Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Partners have pioneered a survey tool for characterizing fertilizer use and farm management on a regional and statewide scale. Surveys are conducted over the phone.  NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$521,193
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$598,942
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$579,100
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$498,583
Fund Source

Nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate) is one of the contaminants of greatest concern for groundwater in Minnesota. This funding is being used for activities that help identify the severity and magnitude of nitrate contamination and implement practices at the local level to reduce nitrate in groundwater. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is working with many local partners and passing funding through to local government units (counties, cities, soil and water conservation districts) to address this concern.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$490,390
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$442,904
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$285,700
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$279,500
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$259,000
Fund Source

The MDA's technical assistance helps ensure that current and accurate scientific information is made available and used to address water quality concerns in agricultural areas of Minnesota. This funding has been used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices, share information from research and demonstration sites and enhance outreach and education to the agricultural community and local government partners.

Recipient
Multiple SWCD and County Partners
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$316,998
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,441
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has designed a Township Testing Program to determine current nitrate-nitrogen concentrations in private wells on a township scale. The MDA has identified townships throughout the state that are vulnerable to groundwater contamination (because of local geology or shallow groundwater) and have significant row crop production. These are the counties that will be prioritized for Township Testing.