The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is reporting that a state-wide grant program is increasing conservation efforts on Wisconsin farms. The DATCP is reporting an 82% increase in conservation efforts from 2019 to 2020 with the use of the DATCP’s statewide Producer Led Watershed Protection Grant Program. The DATCP’s data shows that there was an increase of 19% in farmers using no-till technology from 2019, which led to an estimated reduction of over 84,000 tons of soil erosion. Cover crop implementation also saw a 19% increase from 2019 – 2020. In the latest state budget, Governor Evers recommended increasing the available funds in the Producer-Led program to $1 million, and the Joint Finance Committee agreed, providing the funding for the next two fiscal years.

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