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Featured Farm

Schafer Farms


Schafer Farms is a multi-generation beef and swine operation in Goodhue County. The swine operation consists of a farrow-to-wean component and cattle are raised on pasture during the growing season and overwinter on corn stalks. Schafer Farms manages a number of acres of pasture for the cattle and also grows corn and alfalfa. 

Featured Video

Intro to Discovery Farms MN

Discovery Farms Minnesota is a farmer-funded, farmer-driven project to measure soil and nutrient loss from farm lands and to assess the effectiveness of various conservation farming methods for improving water quality and soil retention.

Welcome to Discovery Farms Minnesota

Discovery Farms Minnesota is a farmer-led effort to gather field scale water quality information from different types of farming systems, in landscapes all across Minnesota. The mission of the Discovery Farms program is to gather water quality information under real-world conditions. The goal is to provide practical, credible, site-specific information to enable better farm management.

The program is designed to collect accurate measurements of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus movement over the soil surface and through subsurface drainage tiles. This work leads to a better understanding of the relationship between agricultural management and water quality.

Program Updates - A new blog focusing on Discovery Farms information

2015 Year-In-Review - A summary of data collected at Discovery Farms Minnesota core farms in 2015

Discovery Farms Minnesota Program Overview – A summary of program goals, projects, and organization



Featured Event

MDA’s Tour Highlighting Edge-of-Field Monitoring


In 2011, MDA hosted a bus tour around southeast Minnesota to visit cutting edge, farmer led conservation projects. The first was the Discovery Farm site in Goodhue County. It was a beautiful day to be out on the farm and an educational event for everyone involved.

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