Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin

Fishers & Farmers Partnership works with landowners to add value to farms while restoring aquatic habitat.

Approved projects are led by landowners, with flexible cost-share funding and technical support provided by conservation partners.

The Fishers & Farmers Partnership is made up of agricultural and conservation organizations as well as federal and state agencies from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Fishers & Farmers are committed to:

  • working together for sustainable farms and sustainable stream health;
  • selecting projects that advance our Basin strategy;
  • combining today's science with local knowledge;
  • collaborating with existing watershed projects;
  • being accountable by measuring our success;
  • documenting success stories and communicating them inside and outside the Basin.

Projects include:

  • stabilization of eroding stream banks,
  • reconnection to floodplain,
  • construction of in-stream habitat,
  • installation of prairie & forest buffers,
  • exploration of alternative land uses,
  • optimization of fertilizer application rates,
  • enhanced grazing rotations,
  • improved watering systems, and much more.
Partner organizations include:
  • Agriculture Coalition on Environment,
  • Audubon Society,
  • Iowa Soybean Association,
  • Minnesota Corn Growers Association,
  • Missouri Agribusiness Association,
  • National Great Rivers Research & Education Center,
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium,
  • Northeast-Midwest Institute,
  • Sand County Foundation,
  • The Nature Conservancy,
  • Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee,
  • Center for Watershed Science,
  • Illinois State Water Survey,
  • Illinois DNR,
  • Iowa DNR,
  • Minnesota DNR,
  • Missouri Dept. of Conservation,
  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks,
  • University of Iowa,
  • IIHR-Hydroscience and Emgomeering,
  • Wisconsin DNR,
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
  • U.S. Dept. of Ag NRCS,
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
  • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
  • U.S. Forest Service,
  • U.S. Geological Survey,
  • Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.

The Fishers and Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin is a member of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (

Contact Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin

Heidi Keuler
Fish Biologist - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
555 Lester Avenue
La Crosse Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Onalaska, Wisconsin  54650
Phone: 608-783-8417
Fax: 608-783-8450


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