The Soil Health Equipment Program (SHEP) helps landowners and producers offset the cost of purchasing certain equipment used to address agricultural resource concerns, such as soil health or water quality. This program is available to producers or landowners who own or operate agricultural land in Dane County and meet the eligibility requirements below.
Equipment can be purchased new, used (if in good working condition), or custom-built with prior approval from county staff. Eligible equipment may include, but is not limited to:
The program allows cost-share assistance for up to 70% of the cost of equipment, not to exceed $30,000. Applicants will work with our staff to determine what works best for their operation.
In order to be elligible for this program, the landowner or producer must meet the following requirements:
If Dane County determines that a violation of the these terms has occurred at any time during the term of cost-share contract, the recipient will be required to immediately refund all funds received under the contract.
Applications will be taken throughout the year. Program is contingent on available funds and county budgets. During the term of the cost-share contract, staff may conduct on-site verification of use.