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Enhancing water quality in Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The farm industry is one of main causes of water pollution in the state of Minnesota.  Tuesday Governor Mark Dayton met with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Environmental Protection Agency to try and enhance the water quality in Minnesota.

We all know how important our lakes and rivers are to the state of Minnesota and Tuesday a memorandum of understanding was signed to help improve water quality in the state.

This will be designed to accelerate progress toward water quality goals while also giving Minnesota Farmers greater regulatory and cost stability.

Participating farmers will be prioritized for cost-share funding from federal and state agencies reducing the uncertainties of their operating environment.

Farmers who implement and maintain approved conservation plans will be assured that their operations meet standards.

If Participating farmers meet program obligations they will not be required to implement additional water-quality practices.

Details of this program will be developed by state and federal regulatory agencies over the next few months.

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