The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering a scholarship for farmers tied to the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. AgCentric Director Keith Olander says the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program Farm Business Management Scholarship provides tuition buy down for the Farm Business Management Program. “For those who are water quality certified, there are opportunities to have tuition bought down as much as 75 percent based on qualifications. Farmers must also be water quality certified through the agriculture department.” The program is an opportunity to compare profitability between farms enrolled in the state’s water quality program and those who are not. “They’re looking at the economics around the adaption of environmental and conservation practices and water quality,” says Olander. “We’re trying to identify within that how those farmers stack up against their peers.”
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