Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

Spring Enews Update

Includes a recap from our February workshop, a producer-led group conference and information on the newly updated Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast. To read the latest news update, click here.

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.

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