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Rural Economic Development

RESOURCES AND GRANTS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

Whether you’re an individual, a business or a community organization, you can use the directory below to search a vast library of resources, tools and services. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), its economic development partners and other organizations around the state offer a range of resources on all aspects of economic well-being, from childcare and education to businesses and housing. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Reach out to us directly, we want to help.

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  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
  • Sustainability

    Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    DATCP staff can work with the consultant or "responsible person" to monitor the cleanup. The program reviews applications for eligible cost reimbursement and provides cost reimbursement to responsible parties.

  • Agriculture, Economic Development

    Agricultural Enterprise Areas

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    AEA is an area of productive agriculture that has received designation from the state at the request of landowners and local governments. AEAs strive to support local farmland protection goals.

  • Agriculture

    Agricultural Producer Security

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    This program provides a level of assurance that producers of milk, vegetables, and grain will be paid for the products they sell and that grain in storage is properly cared for.

  • Agriculture, Food & Beverage

    Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Grant program to strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural and food industries by mitigating barriers in local food channels, increasing efficiencies in processing, marketing, and distributing local food in markets including stores, schools, and institutions.

  • Agriculture, Other, Sustainability

    Clean Sweep

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The Clean Sweep Program provides grants to organizations to create and operate local programs for the collection and disposal of agricultural pesticides, farm chemical waste, household hazardous waste, and unwanted prescription drugs.

  • Agriculture

    Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    CREP is a resource to help agricultural landowners meet their conservation goals, particularly those who till or graze land along rivers and streams, by paying to install filter strips.

  • Business, Other

    Consumer Protection

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    We provide outreach and education, assistance for consumers and general information on ways to protect your identity.

  • Agriculture

    Dairy processor grant

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The emphasis of this grant program is to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities.

  • Arts & Culture, Business, Food & Beverage, Parks & Outdoor Recreation

    Division of Food and Recreational Licensing

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Licensing Specialists help potential operators of food, lodging, or recreational businesses understand which license is required for their business, and steps to take in obtaining that license.

  • Agriculture

    Farm Mediation and Arbitration Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The Wisconsin Farm Mediation and Arbitration Program is a confidential alternative conflict resolution resource available at no cost to Wisconsin farmers.

  • Agriculture, Education & Schools

    Farm to School & Insitution

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    This program supports local producers in providing bountiful, nutritious meals and snacks for all. Farm to School and Institution programs operate within three core elements: procurement, school gardens, and education.

  • Agriculture

    Farmer Wellness Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    When stress is running high and Wisconsin’s farmers and family need somewhere to turn for support, the Farmer Wellness Program can assist with services to help navigate and reduce farm stress.

  • Agriculture

    Herd-Based Diagnostics Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The Herd-Based Diagnostics Program helps dairy herds of all sizes and management types. Available at no cost to participants, licensed veterinarians help producers investigate concerns with milk production, herd health, and more.

  • Agriculture, Economic Development

    International Market support for: Dairy, Processed Foods, Food Ingredients, Pet Foods, Livestock, Genetics, Feed, Grains

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The International Agribusiness Center (IABC) has been helping Wisconsin agribusinesses in the food, forestry and agricultural product sectors enter and expand in global markets.

  • Agriculture, Economic Development, Food & Beverage, Start-Up & Entrepreneur

    Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Gra​nts

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    DATCP’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grants are available to new or existing processors to facilitate changes and expansion to grow harvest capacity and/or increase product throughput.

  • Agriculture

    Organic Cost Share

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Staff administer reimbursement processing and reporting for this federal rebate program providing funds to certified organic applicants. The reimbursement amount is based on applicant’s own costs paid for organic certification.

  • Agriculture, Other

    Producer-led Watershed Protection Grant Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to producer-led groups that focus on nonpoint source pollution abatement activities in their watersheds.

  • Agriculture

    Something Special from Wisconsin™

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Something Special from Wisconsin (SSfW) is a trademarked marketing program for products with 50% of the value of the product or service is attributable to Wisconsin ingredients, production or processing activities.

  • Agriculture, Food & Beverage

    Specialty Crop Block Grant

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The Specialty Crop Block Grant program is a grant designed to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops which are fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.

  • Agriculture

    Veteran Farmer Assistance and Outreach Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The Wisconsin Veteran Farmer Assistance and Outreach Program supports veterans currently in agriculture by providing strategic advice and guidance while also integrating veterans into the field of agriculture.

  • Agriculture, Business, Start-Up & Entrepreneur

    WI Bureau of Land and Water Resource Management

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The Bureau of Land and Water Resources works with local governments, other state and federal agencies, and landowners to conserve soil, prevent agricultural runoff, and preserve farmland and infrastructure for future generations.

  • Agriculture, Sustainability

    WI Conservation Compliance for Farmland Preservation

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    ​​​​​Landowners who claim a farmland preservation tax credit must comply with Wisconsin soil and water conservation standards.

  • Agriculture, Sustainability

    WI Conservation Engineering

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    County staff provide the primary technical support for planning, designing and const​ruction oversight when farmers undertake conservation projects with county ​assistance.

  • Agriculture, Business, Sustainability

    WI Crop Insurance Rebates for Planting Cover Crops

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Interested participants may enroll acres planted to cover crops in the fall of 2022 which will be planted to an insurable crop in the following growing season.

  • Agriculture, Business, Sustainability

    WI Farmland Preservation Biennial Reports

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    DATCP reports on the status of farmland preservation in Wisconsin every two years.

  • Agriculture

    WI Farmland Preservation Planning Grants

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Farmland preservation planning grants fund a county’s farmland preservation plan or update.

  • Agriculture, Business

    WI Farmland Preservation Tax Credits

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    ​​​Eligible landowners may claim farmland preservation tax credits. The amount of the tax credit depends upon how a landowner participates in the program.​​

  • Agriculture, Business, Food & Beverage

    WI Land and Water Conservation Board

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Land and Water Conservation Board connects local and state governments on conservation and farmland preservation issues.

  • Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Workforce

    WI Meat Processor Infrastructure Grants

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Meat Processor Infrastructure Grants are available to new or existing processors to facilitate changes and expansion to grow harvest capacity and/or increase product throughput.

  • Education & Schools, Food & Beverage, Workforce

    WI Meat Talent Development Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    This funding will be used to attract students to meat careers, provide financial support to s​tudents in Wisconsin meat processing training programs, support program development, and connect the meat processing industry with potential employees.

  • Agriculture

    WI Nutrient Management Farmer Education Grants

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    Nutrient management farmer education (NMFE) grants are given to local organizations to teach farmers to develop their own nutrient management plans.

  • WI Soil and Water Resource Management (SWRM) Grant Program

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The SWRM program helps fund county soil and water conservation staff and support expenditures, landowner conservation projects, and cooperators and OPC contracts.

  • Agriculture

    Wisconsin Farm Center

    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

    The WI Farm Center offers its state’s farmers free and confidential financial consulting and transition planning services as well as several other programs in areas such as conflict mediation, veterinary diagnostic analysis, farmer wellbeing, and more.

  • Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Sustainability