Twenty thousand dollars from the State of Wisconsin’s new Producer Led Watershed Protection Grants program is making it possible for Mill Creek area farmers to perform local cover crop research in partnership with Portage County UW-Extension. Effects of cover crops on soil moisture and temperature are being investigated, as well as use of agricultural drains to improve water management.
In 2016 the group is offering incentives to local farmers to plant cover crops, and they continue to share practices with neighbors in educational field days.
Wisconsin’s new grant program is gives financial support to farmers willing to lead conservation efforts in their own watersheds. Groups are eligible for up to $20,000 each year.