Cooperative Network supported legislation authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens (R – Sturgeon Bay) this past session which was signed by Governor Scott Walker on April 3. Assembly Bill 946 increases yearly funding for the Wisconsin Producer Led Watershed Grant program from $250,000 to $750,000. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently announced that two more farmer-led groups will receive funding for soil and water conservation efforts. Farmers for Lake Country located in Jefferson and Waukesha Counties, will be receiving additional funds. In addition, Pecatonica Pride in Southwest Wisconsin, which is a collaboration of community groups, farmers, fishers, and landowners will also receive additional funding. Wisconsin’s Producer Led Watershed Grant program provides financial support to groups of farmers willing to lead conservation efforts tailored to their own watersheds. The emphasis is on innovation and practices not already covered by other state and federal programs, and the intent is that participating farmers will reach out to other farmers to help them adopt conservation practices. For more information on Wisconsin’s Producer Led Watershed Grant program go to DATCP’s website.