Farmers with land in the Rabbit River Watershed are eligible to receive funds through a new grant program offered by the Allegan Conservation District and Delta Institute. The three-year program, valued at $465,402, is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan State University are proud partners of the program, which is aimed at improving watershed health and reducing sediment loading by approximately 1,500 tons on agricultural fields.
“The grant will help area farmers install best management practices on up to 4,500 acres of land with a focus on cover crops, exclusion fencing, filter strips, mulch-till, and no-till,” said MFB Agriculture Ecology Department Manager Laura Campbell. “We’ve made a map showing the project area where farmers who have any land within it are potentially eligible to participate.”
Using a pay-for-performance approach, the program offers:
- A one-time Priority Area bonus of $500 for land contracted into the program that lies within a high erosion risk area,
- A one-time Early Adopter bonus of $500 for farmers who sign up within the first year of the project and agree to a three-year contract, and
- Yearly performance payments of $150 per ton of sediment reduced due to the implementation of best management practices.
Landowners can get same-day, on-the-spot estimates of their reimbursement if they implement conservation practices on eligible cropland.
For more information contact Tori Harris at (269) 673-6940, ext. 5, or [email protected].