Resource Details

Agriculture, Other

Producer-led Watershed Protection Grant Program

For FY 2022, $1,000,000 in total funding will be available to producer-led groups. The maximum award to any one group is $40,000. The funds provided to the groups pay for cost share incentives on conservation practices that improve soil health and water quality, demonstration sites for innovative conservation strategies, and outreach events to reach new farmers. Collaborators, as well as DATCP staff, provide technical assistance to the groups to ensure activities meet the program goals. There are currently 34 groups participating in the Producer-Led program.


To be eligible, groups must have at least 5 producers from within the watershed, must have a formal agreement in place with a collaborator (e.g., county land conservation committee, UW-Extension, NGO), must assist other producers in the watershed with voluntary nonpoint source abatement activities, and must contribute 50% match for all eligible costs.

Top Benefits

  • Encourages peer-to-peer learning, as farmers look to their peers first for information
  • Encourages local involvement and investment in addressing nonpoint source water pollution issues
  • Provides financial incentives that help encourage farmers to experiment with innovative conservation practices

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