Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

​​​​​​​​​​​​Map of current producer-led conservation projectsSave the date for our next annual Producer-Led Workshop: February 19, 2019 in Stevens Point

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The May news update features a recap of the Annual Producer-Led Workshop, a summary of the Buffalo-Trempeleau Farmer Network winter event and the 2018 producer-led grant awardees with project decriptions.  

Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants are awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The grants will go to projects that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields and that work to increase farm participation in these voluntary 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. 

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 and nineteen groups were awarded 2018 funding for a total of $558,246.

Read summaries for all the projects here.

DATCP's Nutrient Management Farmer Education (NMFE) Grants can be used in combination with producer-led funds. For more information, visit the NMFE webpage.