Funding opportunity to implement priority nutrient management practices in Western Lake Erie Basin

If you are a farmer located in the Western Lake Erie Basin, you are eligible for cost-share up to $15,000 to try new and enhanced nutrient management practices.

Soybean field
Photo by Ricardo Costa, MSU Extension

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are providing funds for farmers located in the Western Lake Erie Basin to implement new nutrient management practices. Those funds will be available on a first come, first serve basis, so start your application as soon as you can.

This program will provide cost-share for farmers to try new and enhanced practices such as: grid/zone sampling, variable rate application (self- or custom application) or subsurface placement; and yield monitor calibration and evaluation of nutrient management with Michigan State University Extension and equipment that will assist with nutrient placement (nitrogen or phosphorus), subsurface placement or yield monitoring.

For example, if you are interested in grid/zone sampling, you will be entitled to up to $7 per acre; if you decide to work with MSU Extension allowing us to calibrate your yield monitor, you will be eligible to $7 per acre. If you are interested in buying a piece of new equipment that will improve your nutrient management practices, you will eligible to a 50 percent cost-share up to $15,000.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity and which practices are eligible, and obtain an application, contact your local Conservation District office:

Lenawee Conservation District
1100 Sutton Rd, Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-263-7400

Jackson Conservation District
211 West Ganson St, Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-395-2082

Hillsdale Conservation District
588 Olds St Building 2, Jonesville, MI 49250
Phone: 517-849-9890

Washtenaw Conservation District
7203 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-205-1219

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: 734-265-9311

The application process is easy, and you will find out if you got approved in 10 business days after the submission of your application.

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