Governor Mark Dayton promoted his Agricultural Water Quality Certification program during a town hall meeting today (Wed) in the southwest Minnesota community of Edgerton. The aim is to reduce nitrates and phosphorus in southern Minnesota waters. Dayton says,”This is not about blaming farmers. It’s not about blaming farm communities. It’s not about blaming anybody. It’s about saying, these are the facts and this is the reality of the situation that we have.” The water certification effort is a voluntary pilot program that provides farmers certainty in regulations for a period of 10 years.