Lunemann Makes for 300th Ag Water Quality Certified Farm
Minnesota Milk board members challenged themselves to enroll all 14 members in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program. As each director continues working with his or her local Soil and Water Conservation District, the organization is proud to announce that immediate past president Pat Lunemann and his Twin Eagle Dairy farm, was the 300th farm certified as part of the program.
“It’s not a surprise that dairy farms have marked the 100,000th acre (Marshik Dairy) and 300th farm (Twin Eagle Dairy) milestones, and also that dairy cooperative Land O’Lakes, Inc., is the first public-private partnership in the program,” said Bob Lefebvre, Minnesota Milk’s executive director. “Dairy farmers are always thinking about the future, their soil, and the water around them due to their long-term business model. Their natural advantages in using alfalfa and/or pasture paired with manure are great for water quality.”
Twin Eagle Dairy is operated by Pat and Jody Lunemann in Todd County. The Lunemanns milk 800 cows and farm 1,500 acres of corn, alfalfa and grass to help feed their herd.
“We wanted to get certified to demonstrate that we are doing the best job we can to make sure we have clean water,” said Pat Lunemann in a release from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. “Initially, we didn’t know what to expect with the program, but as we worked with our local certification specialists we found solutions that worked for our farm and protected the water.”
“The success of the Ag Water Certification Program reaffirms that no one cares more about water quality than Minnesota farmers,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “I want to thank the ag producers who have already participated in the program, and reiterate my continued commitment to building a collaborative relationship between state government and Minnesota farmers.”
After being certified, each farm is deemed to be in compliance with new water quality laws and regulations for 10 years. Certification is also an approved practice which farmers can use to comply with the new state buffer law. Certified farmers and landowners can use their certification status to promote their businesses as protective of water quality. Those interested in the program can contact their local SWCD office or visit MyLandMyLegacy.com.