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WATER STEWARD

WATER STEWARD

Photo by Douglas Gayeton

WATER STEWARD

Someone who manages their water use in a sustainable way by meeting their agricultural needs while improving the environment as well as the social and economic well-being of their community.

MINNESOTA AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (MAWQCP)
The state of Minnesota offers farmers and agricultural landowners the voluntary opportunity to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect the state's water resources. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.

MARK HELPS STEARNS COUNTY FARMERS GET "MAWQCP CERTIFIED" BY IMPLEMENTING WATER CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PRACTICES THAT SAFEGUARD WATER QUALITY (AND THEY GET A FREE CASE OF BEER).
Precision tools allow Grant to manage his crops not on a field by field level, but down to one meter resolution. He uses remote telemetry weather stations and soil moisture probes on each crop, as well as mobile apps that allow him to monitor precipitation and more precisely use his irrigators (time efficiency is critical when his irrigators pump over 800 gallons/min). Grant also uses efficient nozzles/sprinkler heads and irrigators that emit water lower into the crop canopy to reduce evaporation.

"As a farmer I’m deeply concerned about the sustainability of our water resources. There’s a misconception that we just want to use water and abuse it, but we care deeply about water. It’s the lifeblood of our farm. "