Four farmer-led watershed conservation groups that the Dairy Business Association closely supports have received grants from the state to continue their mission of protecting and improving soil health and water quality.
The groups — Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance (southwest), Peninsula Pride Farms (northeast), Yahara Pride Farms (south-central) and Western Wisconsin Conservation Council — received grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. In all, 27 groups received funding.
The Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants from the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection give financial support to farmers willing to lead conservation efforts in their own watersheds. The emphasis is on innovation and practices not already covered by other state and federal programs, and the intent is that participating farmers will reach out to other farmers to help them adopt conservation practices by offering incentives and through education and outreach activities.
“Collaboration from multiple stakeholders is key to improving soil health and water quality. Without support from DATCP, farmer-led groups would not be able to promote conservation practices and document the positive impacts they are having on the environment and in their communities,” said Lauren Brey, who leads sustainability programs for DBA. “We look forward to continued progress and more collaboration as we support the efforts of our farmers.”
Click here for more about the latest round of grants.