The Wentworth farm northeast of Merrifield earned the status of Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certified Farm.

Steve Wentworth Sr. and his son Steve Wentworth Jr. grow corn and soybeans crops on their farm, which is nestled between Bass and Fawn lakes.

“More than 25 years working with Weyerhaeuser (a Seattle-based forest products company) taught me the importance of appreciation for taking care of our natural resources and having a positive impact on our environment,” Wentworth Jr. said in a news release.

The Wentworth operation joins over 780 farming operations that are Agricultural Water Quality Certified in Minnesota’s five-year old program that recognizes farmers’ efforts to protect the state’s water quality, according to the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District.

As with all producers whose farming operations achieve the status of Agricultural Water Quality Certified Farm, the Wentworths understand that a system of several conservation practices is needed to reduce soil erosion and slow down runoff water on their fields.

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