WWCC awarded DATCP grant

Conservation grant will help WWCC in watershed work

The Western Wisconsin Conservation Council has received a state grant to continue the farmer-led watershed conservation group’s mission of protecting and improving soil and water quality in northwestern Wisconsin.

The grant, for $40,000, is part of the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection’s Producer-Led Watershed Protection program, which gives 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.

In all, 27 groups received funding.

“WWCC is excited to continue our efforts in promoting conservation practices to farmers in our local area,” said Todd Doornink, president of WWCC and a dairy farmer in Baldwin. “DATCP support has been critical in the establishment and growth of our group. Thanks to this grant, we will be able to reach more farmers in 2020 and document adoption of practices and the positive impact that has on our natural resources.”

Click here for more about the latest round of grants.

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