What We Do

Incentive Programs

WPCR provides incentive payments for farmers and rural landowners who sign up to add new grassed buffer acreage and/or cover crop acreage. These programs encourage farmers and rural landowners to take steps towards more sustainable agriculture practices.

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Grassed Buffers

Grassed buffers are areas or strips of land with permanent vegetation strategically planted next to waterways. Buffers are effective in:  

  • Preventing water bank erosion

  • Reducing surface runoff and soil erosion

  • Contributing to the removal of nitrates and other agricultural chemicals

  • Improving sedimentation control

  • Increasing water infiltration into the soil

  • Improving wildlife and fish habitats

Payment of $500 per new sign up for landowners installing new acreage into grassed buffers within one of the six watersheds. 

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Cover Crops

Grassed buffers are areas or strips of land with permanent vegetation strategically planted next to waterways. Buffers are effective in:  

  • Reducing surface runoff and soil erosion

  • Reducing nutrient leaching

  • Improving weed control, beneficial insects and disease suppression

  • Increasing soil organic carbon

  • Increasing water infiltration into the soil

  • Improving soil physical properties - reducing soil compaction and improving field trafficability

  • Recycling nutrients (fix nitrogen with legumes)

Payment of $25 per acre for farmers to plant cover crops (maximum of 200 acres per farmers). 

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Pollinator Strips

Pollinator strips are planted on the sides of fields and pastures. They provide a many benefits: 

  • Increasing and sustaining pollinator populations and diversity

  • Promoting plant pollination

  • Decreasing “bad” bugs, which minimizes the need for pesticides

  • Reducing erosion

  • Provide seeds for various pollinator strip plants to farmers throughout the watersheds.

Interested in planting buffer acreage or utilizing cover crops?