The Soil Health Equipment Program (SHEP) helps 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 landowners or producers 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:
SHEP allows applicants to request financial assistance for cost sharing up to 70% of the cost of equipment, not to exceed $30,000. No applicant, or farm operation they are associated with, can receive more than $30,000 in funding through this program. Annual funding for the program is capped at $450,000 per year. Landowners and operators participating in this program will work with county staff to determine what equipment works best for their operation.
In order to be eligible 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.
No applicant, or farm operation they are associated with, can receive more than $30,000 in cost share funding through this program.
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.