STRAND Cost Share Program

Now you can take your farm management to the next level and upgrade to the latest in precision nutrient technologies with cost-share funding through the “STRAND” program. This funding opportunity is designated for the implementation of priority nutrient management practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) to achieve nutrient reduction goals outlined in the Michigan Domestic Action Plan.

This new funding program is available to producers to implement new or enhanced precision nutrient management strategies in their farming operation.

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 - $10/acre
  • Yield monitor calibration and evaluation of nutrient management with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) -$5/acre
  • Equipment/upgrades that will assist with nutrient placement (Nitrogen and/or Phosphorus), subsurface placement, or yield monitoring. Below is a re-approved equipment list, but other equipment related to the above applications will be considered by the review committee.
    • Strip tiller
    • Variable rate spreader carts
    • In-season nitrogen application (e.g. side dress bar, Y drops, etc.)
    • Flow meters for manure
    • OptRx – N (or comparable brand)
    • Optix – soil pH (or comparable brand)
    • Yield monitors/displays
There is no cap on acreage for sampling or variable rate application, however there is a cap on acreage for yield monitoring. The first 5,000 acres enrolled in this program requesting the yield monitoring service provided by MSUE will be awarded.


All farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin are eligible. Project funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are spent or late 2021. Individual data remains confidential.

Prior to payment of the awarded contract, the applicant must have an approved nutrient management plan for the proposed acres and a MAEAP Cropping Assessment completed within the last 3 years. Local MAEAP technicians will provide assistance to meet this requirement.

There will be two informational meetings for producers to provide details and answer any questions regarding the program and eligibility. These meetings will be hosted at the Monroe Conservation District on Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00 am and on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 pm.

Please contact the Monroe Conservation District with questions (734)-241-8540 Ext. 5, 1137 South Telegraph Road Monroe, Michigan 48161

New Funding! S.S. Lapointe Drain Watershed Improvement funds awarded. Details will be announced September 2019.

WLEB STRAND Application 2019

Western Lake Erie Basin Program 2019

Details regrading the next funding cycle will be released in October 2019

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161