DATCP: Still Time to Apply for Grazing Grants

Contact: Laura Paine

MADISON – There is still time to apply for more than $900,000 in grants for research and education in management intensive grazing.

There are three grant categories with two different deadlines:

Due Aug. 1 at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection:

Applications for grazing technical assistance ($378,725 available)
Applications for grazing education and on-farm demonstration projects ($189,362 available)

Due Sept.1 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems:

Applications for research projects ($392,019 available)

County, state and federal agriculture and natural resource agencies; colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations; grazing networks and farmers using managed intensive grazing on their operations are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Materials for the 2006 grant application are available on DATCP’s Web site. Visit www.datcp.state.wi.us and search for “grazing grants”. Contact Laura Paine, 608-224-5120, for more information.

All grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The grants are part of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, a national effort begun in 1991. Grant funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and are supported by Senator Herb Kohl and Congressman David Obey.