The Conservation Farmer Mentor Service is a newly developed initiative that is part of the Producer-Led Watershed Protection program. Thanks to funding received through the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Champions program, DATCP has established a group of Conservation Farmer Mentors that all meet the following criteria:
- Actively involved in a DATCP producer-led watershed group for at least 3 years.
- Has experience trialing, demonstrating and implementing a diverse set of conservation practices on their own farm.
- Recognized within the WI PLWPG community as a leader in conservation innovation.
- Proven experience and skills giving presentations at conservation outreach events, troubleshooting one-on-one with farmers in need of conservation technical assistance, and a demonstrated passion for promoting conservation and soil health to farmers in their community.
Conservation Farmer Mentors support and advise other farmers on conservation and soil health questions. They are a resource for farmers to turn to when challenges arise on the farm and can serve as a sounding board for an idea or approach a farmer is thinking through.