Sustainable Farming Fund Grants to Help Reduce Suwannee River Pollution

The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University has issued five grants totaling $300,000 through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), to help farms and a conservation district reduce discharge of pollutants into the Suwannee River. The awards are allowing grant recipients to purchase and use new equipment for sustainable, eco-friendly farming techniques, such as applying fertilizer precisely to reduce nutrient runoff. The $900,000 SFF was established in 2018 as a result of a settlement of the Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by Environment Florida and the Sierra Club against the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. Current grant recipients and private farmers within the Suwannee River Basin are invited to submit proposals for grant funds in September 2019 and 2020. All of the SFF monies must be awarded within three years.