Attention Farmers! The Grand River Conservation Authority is offering area farmers incentives for Cover Crops under the Rural Water Quality Program. The program offers a per acre incentive to applicants in Waterloo Region, Wellington, Brant, Haldimand, and Dufferin counties.
The incentive rates vary by municipality with maximum payments ranging between $1,000 and $3,000. That is on top of the benefits of of cover crops, which are numerous as they can reduce erosion, build better soil structure and improve soil health.
The incentive rates vary by municipality with maximum payments ranging between $1,000 and $3,000. Applications for the cover crop program can be submitted now for payment in spring 2021.
Financial assistance is also available for other beneficial management practices that protect water quality. The list of eligible projects varies by county, but most include projects like erosion control structures, tree planting, well decommissions, manure storage, and fencing to exclude livestock from watercourses.
More information is available about the cover crop program by contacting the GRCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 519-621-2761 and asking to speak to a conservation specialist. To learn more about the broad range of services and grants that are available through the GRCA, please visit www.grandriver.ca/ruralwater.