(Left to right) Mower SWCD soil scientist Steve Lawler; Austin Township farmer and soil-health advocate Tom Cotter and his wife, Alma; and Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen.

State honors Mower County farmer

Cotter certified for three new MAWQCP endorsements

MN Dept. of Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen honors Tom Cotter on Feb. 13.
Some of the cover crops on the Cotter farm in Austin Township that benefit wildlife.
MAWQCP sign on the Cotter farm in Mower County’s Austin Township.
A research area of the Cotter farm shows conventional tillage (left) and cover crops (right) in spring 2017.

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.