Interested farmers have until Monday, April 16, to submit an application to be on the new Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Advisory Committee.
The committee is being formed in response to the new Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program that was announced last month by the governor, USDA and EPA. Commitment appointments will be made by Gov. Mark Dayton.
The committee's purpose is to provide informed comment and recommendations to the state Department of Agriculture commissioner to develop the certification program.
The committee will be convened and staffed by the MDA with membership from the following:
-2 farmers or ranchers
-2 farm organizations
-3 commodity or livestock organizations
-1 agriculture related business
-1 representative of crop consultants or advisors
-2 environmental organizations
-2 conservation organizations
-2 local government representatives
In addition, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Minnesota Extension will attend meetings and provide technical support.
Members of the Committee should, but are not required to, have relevant experience and expertise in agriculture, conservation or water quality management.
The committee will serve only for the period of time necessary for the development and early implementation of the program and for not more than two years. Members will be compensated for mileage and are expected to actively participate in meetings. It is anticipated the committee will meet approximately twice per month.
Applications are being taken through the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The first meeting will be held in early June. Additional details regarding the committee are available on the MDA website at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcprogram.aspx.
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State