The producer-led watershed group, Farmers for Lake Country (FFLC), recently announced that the organization will expand its footprint beyond the Oconomowoc Watershed thanks to additional funding from the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), as well as Tall Pines Conservancy and other private funders.
FFLC has been working in the Oconomowoc River watershed since 2016, sharing information and resources about farming practices that promote water quality and soil health. Farmers have benefited from cost share funding for conservation practices with financial support from the Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program as well as grant sources.
The increased funding from DATCP allows FFLC to work with farmers in several additional watersheds, including the Ashippun River, Bark River, Pewaukee River and parts of the Fox River. The expanded area stretches south to Mukwonago, west to Watertown, and north to Hustisford and Hartford. As a result, many more farms will now be eligible for cost share funding for water friendly practices such as cover crops, no tilling, and planting green into living cover.
Interested producers can contact Darrell Smith at 414-313-4323 or via email at [email protected]. Anyone, regardless of geography, is welcome to attend meetings held by Farmers for Lake Country, as the group seeks to expand its impact. Visit farmersforlakecountry.org for more information.