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The April news update includes a recap of The Farmers of Barron County watershed conference, a profile of the Horse Creek Farmer-Led Watershed Council and important information to know about nutrient management in Wisconsin.
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 $20,000.
Fourteen producer-led groups received funding in 2016 for a total of $242,550 and eleven producer-led groups were awarded $197,065 for 2017 funding.
A RFP for FY 2018 funding will be available after July 1, 2017.
DATCP's Nutrient Management Farmer Education (NMFE) Grants can be used in combination with producer-led funds. For more information, visit the NMFE webpage.