Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Continuous Cover Program

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:

  • Perennial cool-season grass mix:  non-native cool season grasses that may be harvested for hay
  • Native prairie mix: native prairie forbs and grasses for wildlife habitat, pollinators, and restoration
  • Grazing mix: forage plants to provide feed for grazing animals

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.