Gov. Evers, DATCP Announce Commercial Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program Grant Recipients

NOPP grants awarded to two WPVGA farms and a WPVGA member.

Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), announced that 20 recipients are receiving grant funding for the 2023 Commercial Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program (NOPP). These grants aim to refine and enhance the understanding of new methods that optimize commercial nitrogen applied to agricultural fields, helping to protect vital soil and water resources.

“This pilot program is a great way to bring together partners in this work, from farmers and producers to conservation professionals, to promote collaboration and find best practices to ensure that we are protecting our state’s natural resources from harmful contaminants while helping farmers protect their bottom line,” said Gov. Evers. “Farmers know firsthand the value of having clean water and fruitful land, and we are glad to continue to invest in and support producer-led conservation efforts in my 2023-25 biennial budget so farmers can continue to stay innovative and productive for years to come.”

“As stewards of the land, Wisconsin farmers understand that our rich soil and water resources are our strength, and they work tirelessly to ensure that our farmland is maintained for future generations,” said DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski. “Thanks to Governor Evers and the Legislature, these grants will give farmers across the state the opportunity to continue identifying new opportunities in nitrogen optimization.”

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