The Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides funding to producer-led groups that focus on nonpoint source pollution abatement activities through the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program (PLWPG).Program Goal: To improve Wisconsin's soil and water quality by supporting and advancing producer-led conservation solutions by increasing on the ground practices and farmer participation in these efforts.
Each application must come from a group of at least 5 farmers in the same watershed, collaborating with conservation agencies, institutions or nonprofit organizations. The maximum grant award per group will be $40,000, with a total of $750,000 available funding each fiscal year. There are 31 total projects that have been funded since the program's inception. Fourteen producer-led groups received funding in 2016 for a total of $242,550, eleven producer-led groups were awarded $197,065 for 2017 funding, nineteen groups were awarded 2018 funding for a total of $558,246, 24 groups were awarded $750,000 for 2019 funding and 27 groups were awarded $750,000 for 2020.
To learn more about all of the projects and for group contact information, click here.
DATCP's Nutrient Management Farmer Education (NMFE) Grants can utilized by producer-led groups. For more information, visit the NMFE webpage.
Listen to this podcast from the Dairy Business Association that features speakers from the Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance, and DATCP on how to start a producer-led watershed.