MOUNT HOREB, Wis. -- Marie Raboin, conservationist at Wisconsin's Dane County Land Conservation Division, helped the Kittleson family of Mount Horeb with their rotational grazing plan.

She also helped the Kittlesons apply for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The program is administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Kittlesons qualified for the program, which offers cost-share funding for seed as well as for fencing and water systems.

The funding enabled the Kittlesons to drill a well on their ridgetop farm as well as to install water pipes and five-strand barbed-wire fencing. By the time the project is completed the Kittlesons will have installed about 8 miles of fencing.

“The goal is for funding to cover 70 percent of total costs,” Raboin said. “(Environmental Quality Incentives Program) funding is a way to help sustain farms in ways in which farmers are comfortable.”

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Lynn Grooms writes about the diversity of agriculture, including the industry’s newest ideas, research and technologies as a staff reporter for Agri-View based in Wisconsin.