2021 | Kickapoo & Bad Axe Watersheds
Valley Stewardship Network, Tainter Creek Farmer-Led Watershed Council, West Fork Watershed Neighbors Council, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, UW-LaCrosse, Wisconsin DNR, City of Viroqua and Viroqua FFA are building watershed councils, STRIPS, and FFA regenerative ag activity.
Working together locally for farms, streams and economic growth
In southwest Wisconsin, farming practices such as cover crops, contour strips and native grass strips help sustain recreational fishing that generates more than $1 billion annually for the local economy.
Growing grassroots change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends
“A watershed group was worth a try,” said farmer Brian McCulloh, “so I attended meetings with an open mind. It helps when neighbors struggle with the same challenges, to do better.”
No-tillers take the lead for water quality
Wisconsin no-tillers John Eron and Matt Hintz didn’t wait for regulations telling them how to farm. They started farmer-led watershed groups to deal directly with local environmental issues and the groups that raised them, not as adversaries, but as advocates.
Boots on the Ground | Farmers for Tomorrow
Matt Hintz and his family do not drink their own water. “As a farmer,” he says, “I want to change that.” He and neighbors focus on soil health to achieve the goal.
Neighbor to Neighbor | Farmers of Mill Creek & Petenwell Castle Rock Stewards
“You bring lake people to my farm, and I’ll bring farmers to your lakes,’ said John Eron to lakeshore landowner Rick Georgeson. The upstream/downstream friendship now inspires conservation innovation.
Boots on the Ground | Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil – Healthy Water
Farmer Tony Peirick and lakeshore owner Bill Boettge dreaded a nonpoint source work group they feared would be a shouting match. They now work together protecting Dodge County lakes and streams.
Neighbor to Neighbor | Tainter Creek Farmer-Led Watershed Council
Farmer-Led Council members representing diverse cropping systems, diverse crops, and conventional and organic approaches are working together to meet local goals for farms and water.
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