Dane County’s Continuous Cover Program provides funding to assist landowners convert and maintain continuous vegetative cover on agricultural lands. Maintaining continuous cover helps to increase water infiltration, reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, build soil health, enhance wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and diversify production practices. There are three options through the continuous cover program:
The cover is maintained through mowing, burning, and reseeding during the 15 year contract period. Land currently planted in perennial cover may be eligible for the program in order to maintain existing cover. Landowners work with staff to develop the best strategy and plan for their unique needs.
The 2021 application period will be announced in January 2021.