Highlighted department initiatives that help agriculture adapt and address increased greenhouse gases and precipitation from climate change. Initiative priorities include capturing greenhouse gases from agricultural activities and improving soil health to increase runoff infiltration. View our Climate Initiatives webpage for other initiatives, projects, and programs.
When manure breaks down it produces methane, a greenhouse gas, which can be collected, cleaned, and converted into energy for residential or business use. We currently have two manure digesters operating in Dane County that capture methane gas.
Helps with the implementation of structural conservation practices that keep soil and nutrients on the land. This program is available to landowners or producers who own or operate agricultural land in Dane County and meet the eligibility requirements.
The program provides funding to help convert traditional row-cropped fields to continuous vegetative cover. Continuous vegetation can increase water infiltration and store carbon.
Helps landowners and producers offset the cost of purchasing certain equipment used to address agricultural resource concerns, such as soil health or water quality.