Gov. Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski, announced a new public-private partnership to protect and improve water quality across Minnesota. This is the first of its kind in the nation, partnering the state with Land O’ Lakes and local farmers across Minnesota to improve water quality stewardship standards on their farms.
Photo: Land O' Lakes CEO Chris Policinski (left) and Gov. Mark Dayton shake after signing the agreement.
Land O’ Lakes will work to expand participation in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program through their ag retail network across Minnesota. With 2015 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives.
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is a voluntary program for farmers and landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect and improve the state’s water resources.
Since its inception in 2014, the program has certified more than 150 farms totaling more than 83,000 acres. Together, the program keeps over 6.5 million pounds of sediment out of our rivers, while saving nearly 9 million pounds of soil and 4,500 pounds of phosphorus on farms, each year.