MADISON, Wis. — Four environmental and agricultural groups, working as partners to bring about long-term solutions to Wisconsin’s water quality issues, cheered the signing of legislation today aimed at reducing nitrates in rural wells, a move they hope will build momentum for broader efforts.
The bipartisan bill, signed by Gov. Tony Evers as 2021 Wisconsin Act 223, creates:
A pilot program that provides grants to farmers implementing new practices to optimize the application of commercial nitrogen.
A crop insurance premium rebate to farmers who plant cover crops, a practice that improves soil...