Cost-Share Program

Cost-Share Grant Application:

  • If you are interested in applying for a cost-share grant please complete this form and submit it to the Rusk County LWCD.
  • Participating landowners are responsible for payment of all project costs upfront.
  • Up to 70% cost-share amount will be reimbursed to the landowner after verification that eligible expenses were incurred and the project was completed according to the restoration plan.
  • Plants, materials, and labor used according to the restoration plan are eligible expenses up to the total listed on the cost-share contract.
  • Costs incurred before the cost-share contract is signed are NOT eligible for reimbursement.
  • Maintenance expenses are NOT eligible.

Cost-Share Practices

ATCP 50.62 Manure storage systems. ATCP 50.75 Livestock fencing. ATCP 50.88 Streambank or shoreline protection.
ATCP 50.63 Manure storage system closure. ATCP 50.76 Livestock watering facilities.  ATCP 50.885 Stream Crossing. 
ATCP 50.64 Barnyard runoff control systems. ATCP 50.77 Milking center waste control systems.  ATCP 50.89 Stripcropping. 
ATCP 50.65 Access road. ATCP 50.78 Nutrient management.  ATCP 50.90 Subsurface drains. 
ATCP 50.66 Trails and walkways. ATCP 50.79 Pesticide management.  ATCP 50.91 Terrace systems. 
ATCP 50.67 Contour farming. ATCP 50.80 Prescribed grazing.  ATCP 50.92 Underground outlets. 
ATCP 50.68 Cover crop. ATCP 50.81 Relocating or abandoning animal feeding operations.  ATCP 50.93 Waste transfer systems. 
ATCP 50.69 Critical area stabilization. ATCP 50.82 Residue management.  ATCP 50.94 Wastewater treatment strips. 
ATCP 50.70 Diversions. ATCP 50.83 Riparian buffers.  ATCP 50.95 Water and sediment control basins. 
ATCP 50.705 Feed storage runoff control systems. ATCP 50.84 Roofs.  ATCP 50.96 Waterway systems. 
ATCP 50.71 Field windbreaks. ATCP 50.85 Roof runoff systems.  ATCP 50.97 Well decommissioning. 
ATCP 50.72 Filter strips. ATCP 50.86 Sediment basins.  ATCP 50.98 Wetland development or restoration. 
ATCP 50.73 Grade stabilization structures. ATCP 50.87 Sinkhole treatment.   

Maximum cost-share rate.

(a) Except as provided under pars. (b) to (e), cost-share payments funded under this chapter may not exceed 70% of the total eligible costs allowed under s. ATCP 50.40 (4) to install and maintain the conservation practice for the period specified in the cost-share contract. This paragraph does not limit the use of cost-share funds from other sources.

(b) The maximum cost-share rate under par. (a) is 90% if there is an economic hardship under sub. (4).  (bm) The economic hardship provision under sub. (4) is available to owners and grant recipients who operate farms and is not available to non-farmers.

(c) For cropping practices identified in sub. (2), a county land conservation committee may pay up to the amount authorized under this subsection or sub. (2), whichever is higher.

(d) For more than ½ acre of riparian land taken out of agricultural production to install a conservation practice, a county land conservation committee may pay a qualified landowner up to the CREP-equivalent amount authorized in s. ATCP 50.08 (4) if that amount exceeds the relevant amount authorized under this subsection. (dg) The cost-share payments for the following conservation practices may not exceed 50% of the total eligible costs to install and maintain the practice unless the landowner is required to install the practice to achieve compliance with an agricultural performance standard on cropland, pastures, or a livestock operation:
          1. Access roads under s. ATCP 50.65.
          2. Roof runoff systems under s. ATCP 50.85.
          3. Streambank or shoreline protection under s. ATCP 50.88.
          4. Stream crossing under s. ATCP 50.885.
          5. Wetland development or restoration under s. ATCP 50.98.
(dr) The cost-share payments for any conservation practice installed on land owned by a local governmental unit may not exceed 50% of the total eligible costs to install and maintain the practice.

(e) A county land conservation committee may provide cost-share funds, at the rate authorized under this subsection, to replace a cost-shared conservation practice that is damaged or destroyed by natural causes beyond the landowner’s control.

Cropping practices; maximum cost-share amounts.
A county land conservation committee may pay up to the following amounts for the installation or maintenance of the following cropping practices:
     (a) For contour farming, $9 per acre per year.
     (b) For cover crop, $25 per acre per year.
     (c) For stripcropping, $13.50 per acre per year.
     (d) For field stripcropping, $7.50 per acre per year.
     (e) For high residue management systems, no-till systems, ridge till systems and mulch till systems, $18.50 per acre per year.
     (f) For conservation plantings in riparian buffers, $100 per acre per year.
     (g) For nutrient management and pesticide management, $7.00 per acre per year.

** Note: For example, a cost-share contract might pay a farmer up to $36 per acre to install and maintain a contour farming system for 4 years ($9 per year). The county would pay the full contract amount when the contour system was installed, and the farmer would have a contract obligation to maintain the system for at least 4 years.

Maximum grant to relocate animal feeding operation.
No cost-share grant to relocate an animal feeding operation may exceed 70% of the estimated cost to install a manure management system or related practices needed to resolve or prevent water quality problems at the abandoned site, or 70% of the eligible relocation costs at the new site, whichever site cost is less. Not more than $5,000 of the cost-share grant may be used to transport livestock from the abandoned site to the new site.

Economic hardship.
A landowner of a farm operation qualifies for economic hardship treatment if all the following apply:
     (a) A certified public accountant or accredited financial institution certifies all the following to the county land conservation committee, based on a farm financial statement prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles:The landowner is unable to make the cost-share contribution normally required of a landowner under sub. (1).The landowner will be able to pay the balance of the cost to install the cost-shared practice if the landowner receives cost-sharing at the economic hardship rate.
     (b) The landowner certifies, in a sworn affidavit to the county land conservation committee, that the landowner has provided to the certified public accountant or accredited financial institution under par. (a) a full and true disclosure of the landowner’s financial condition, including a copy of the landowner’s latest federal tax return. The landowner shall make the affidavit on a form provided by the department.

Review of economic hardship determination.
The department may review of an economic hardship determination under sub. (4). The landowner and the person certifying the economic hardship shall make available for department inspection or copying, at the department’s request, documents used to support the economic hardship determination. The department may invalidate a determination that fails to comply with standards under sub. (4).