Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

​R​ead the latest program impact report​ for the 2018 & 2019 grant years​

Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants are awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The grants go to projects that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields and that work to increase farmer participation in these voluntary conservation efforts. Each application must come from a group of at least 5 farm​ers 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 read the press release for the 2020 projects, click here.

To learn more about all of the projects and for group contact information, click here​.

The December E-News update discusses a focus on nitrogen and groundwater quality for producer-led projects, a success story on the Cedar Creek Farmers group and tips for managing manure in the current weather and field conditions. To read the latest newsletter, 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.​