Grants and Funding
Becoming a better of your steward of your land and public water is an investment. And while we hope the investment will more than pay for itself in the years to come, many operators will benefit from some upfront assistance getting conservation practices in place.
The various members of the Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation Network offer a wide range of programs that offer financial and technical assistance to farmers who want to do their part. Please contact us to discuss the following options and we'll help you figure out which of these might be right for you.
Everywhere We Work: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches through conservation easements. -- More --
Everywhere We Work: Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program
This program is free, voluntary, and non-regulatory. Everything MAEAP Technicians learn about your farm is 100% confidential. MAEAP Technicians are local Conservation District employees whom you can trust. Even if a MAEAP Technician sees a potential “violation”, they cannot report it to regulatory agencies. This is guaranteed by state law.
Monroe county farmers served by the S.S. Lapointe drain may be eligible for assistance with new or enhanced precision nutrient management, erosion control, and soil health strategies in their farming operation. All field crop acreage in the project area (S.S. Lapointe Drain, Wells Drain, Wenrick & Cousino Drain, Lakeside Drain, Muddy Creek, and Sulphur Creek watersheds) are eligible.
This program will provide cost-share to try new and enhanced practices such as:
Grid/zone sampling approved nutrient management plans - $7/acre
Variable rate application (self or custom application) or subsurface placement - $35/acre
Reduced Tillage (>30% residue) or No-till - $17/acre
Cover Crops - $45/acre
Filter Strip (minimum 25ft) - $390/acre
Drainage Water Management (plan and structure included) - $1,500
The application process is simple and you will receive notification within 15 days. Terms and conditions apply.
A soil testing program. Farmers and landowners can drop off soil samples. The district will secure the test and help the landowner understand the results.
MAEAP and Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative Engineer grants.
Equipment to rent: Soil probes, knotweed injectors, backpack sprayers and a no-till grass and grain drill.