Farmer Cost-Share Programs
Statewide Cost-Share Program
Michigan Environmental Agricultural Assurance Program (MAEAP).
Water pollution comes from many sources, and some of it comes from farms. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) offers assistance and recognition to farmers who reduce erosion and runoff from private land into public waters. We teach effective land stewardship practices that comply with state and federal regulations and show producers how to identify and prevent agricultural pollution risks on their farms.
This program is free and voluntary. Everything we learn about your farm is 100% confidential. This is guaranteed by state law.
Farmers who earn MAEAP recognition will receive a sign to display on their farm. This sign will show that you are a top steward in your community. You may also benefit from regulatory protections and be at an advantage for additional expert help and cost share. Above all, you will earn an enduring sense of pride and accomplishment for your work.
Cost share is available for a limited number of practices.
Local Cost-Share Program
The Farmer Cost-Share Program is intended to assist farmers in Washtenaw County with implementing conservation on the ground. The WCCD cost-share in particular is aimed at assisting with smaller, low-cost projects that can assist farmers in direct ways that will quickly be implemented on the ground. To be eligible for cost share funds a farmer must meet the following:
The NRCS is only one source of financial assistance for producers. There are several cost-share opportunities for producers that are seeking to implement conservation practices on their land across the state and specifically for producers within the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).