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
THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS SIMPLE WITH QUICK APPROVAL AND NOTIFICATION.

All farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin are eligible. Specified practices must be implemented by August 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.

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

WLEB STRAND Application 2021




S.S. Lapointe Watershed Improvement Cost Share Program

Take your farm management to the next level and help improve Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) water quality! A new cost-share funding opportunity is available to achieve nutrient and sediment reduction goals outlined in the S.S. Lapointe Watershed Management Plan.

This funding program is available to producers to implement 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) is eligible. Fields identified as a priority during our agriculture inventory will be given preference and awarded as applications are received. All other fields will be considered for funding and awarded by February 1, 2021.

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 WITH QUICK APPROVAL AND NOTIFICATION.

Enrollment begins November 1, 2020. Notice of award will be received within 15 business days of application submission.

Prior to payment of the awarded contract, the applicant must have an approved nutrient management review and complete a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) cropping assessment. Monroe Conservation District MAEAP technicians will provide assistance to meet these requirements. All operation details discussed remain confidential. Producers enrolled in the program have until August 2022 to implement practices and complete their contract. Reimbursement payments are made quarterly following the verification of practice implementation.

Please visit https://rriearth.org/lapointe-project/ to view a map of the watershed and the S.S. Lapointe Drain Watershed Management Plan.

This opportunity is funded through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Nonpoint Source Program, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Cost share is still available, use this 2020 application.

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161
734-265-9311    
Catherine.Acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net
www.monroecd.org