Wisconsin awards $750,000 in producer-led watershed grants
November 22, 2019 By Larry Lee Filed Under: News, Wisconsin
has awarded more than 750-thousand dollars to the state’s farmer-led watershed
groups. Twenty-seven groups including
three first-time recipients will use the money to help farmers address soil and
water issues specific to their local conditions.
2020 grants range from just over $7,500 to $40,000 for conservation practice
incentives, education and outreach, water quality testing and monitoring
efforts. They are administered by the
Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection. The 2020 program requests topped a million
This is the fifth round of grant awards since the 2015-17 state budget. Now, the state will budget $750,000 for producer-led projects automatically in future state budgets.
Program funds cannot pay for real estate, loans, equipment, or lobbying, and producer-led groups must include at least five farmers. They also must work with the Department of Natural Resources, a county land conservation committee, UW-Extension, or a nonprofit conservation organization. and the program places caps on the amount of funding that can be used for staff support to the groups.
Farmer-led watershed groups receiving 2020 funding include:
First-time grant recipients:
Previously funded projects receiving new grants:
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