Bruce and Carol Albright have joined over 800 Minnesota farming operations named Water Quality Certified in Minnesota's Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).

MAWQCP is a five-year-old voluntary program that includes farming operations of all sizes, representing Minnesota's diversity of crops and livestock production, according to a news release.

Bruce Albright, whose farm is just a few miles west of Perham, became familiar with the program a few years ago, in his position as the administrator of the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District.

"Our Watershed District was selected by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as one of 4 four pilot test areas when the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program was first rolled out," Albright said in the release.

Albright said he plans to continue planting trees and native plants on the family acreage that is timberland.

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In future conservation efforts, "when my cropland come out of the CRP," Albright said," I'm looking forward to using Best Management Practices and soil health practices that still return a profit on the investment. We have to always be thinking about how we can sustain and protect these valuable resources."

Farm operators and owners throughout Minnesota are eligible for involvement in the MAWQCP, according to the release.

Interested in learning more?

Contact the local Soil and Water Conservation District Office or Jim Lahn 218-457-0250.