Agriculture in Ottawa County is diverse and bountiful, with over 1200 farms including dairy farms, greenhouses, blueberries, and so much more. Ottawa County farmers seek to conserve and protect the land they farm and the water that surrounds us by using practices such as cover crops, grass waterways, and assistance transitioning to no-till.

The Ottawa Conservation District offers several services and resources for farmers, such as financial assistance for conservation practices and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. 

Cost Share for BMPs

Farmers in the Bass River or Deer Creek watersheds can receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices.

Watershed Management Plan

If you farm in the Pigeon River watershed, learn more about what’s coming in your area by reading about the Pigeon River Watershed Management Plan.


The Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical & financial assistance for conservation practices. Contact the Ottawa County field office at 616-842-5852 ext.3

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

MAEAP supports farms as they work to protect our natural resources. MAEAP is a voluntary, proactive program that assists operations in assessing their operations and making environmentally and economically sustainable management decisions. Our local MAEAP technician, Sara Bronkema, provides farms with technical, confidential advice as they pursue their environmental stewardship goals.