New public-private partnership aimed at water-quality gains in Cedar watershed

Local waterways to benefit from precision ag, conservation

Pictured at Thursday’s event in Austin are Lori Marco (Hormel Foods); Larry Schmeling (area farmer in Cedar River watershed); Matt Carstens (Land O’Lakes); Tom Besch (area farmer); Ashley Schmeling (CFS Co-Op); Justin Krell (area farmer in Cedar River watershed); Mike Harley (nonprofit Environmental Initiative); James Nash Jr. (area farmer); Matt Wohlman (Minnesota Dept. of Ag deputy commissioner); and Justin Hanson (Mower SWCD).
Cedar River Watershed Partnership members

“It’s unreasonable to expect that we’ll address all our water-resource issues through cost-sharing programs alone,” Hanson said. “This partnership shifts the traditional service model for government and ag retail to instead empower landowners and producers with tools, information, technical assistance and financial resources to make the best decisions on their land.”

Ag Certainty sign in fall 2016 at a Mower County field in Austin Township.

“We’re pleased to be a part of this great partnership that is a model for others throughout Minnesota and the nation,” Frederickson said. “The work being done in the Cedar River Watershed shows that we can help improve water quality while helping farmers improve their profitability and yield potentials through precision agriculture.”

Steve Lawler, resources specialist with Mower SWCD

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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