Minnesota farmers are getting a program that’s “first” in the nation. US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Governor Mark Dayton signed an agreement Tuesday that launches a new pilot program in Minnesota aimed at improving conservation efforts by farmers. The specific details of the new voluntary Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program will be written by state officials and a new committee that will oversee the program. That committee has not yet been formed. Secretary Vilsack says the goal is to provide more financial assistance and technical advice to farmers to improve their overall conservation efforts.