County non-lethal animal damage control program accepting 2021 grant applications

Friday, June 25, 2021

The Benton County Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) encourages the proactive use of non-lethal animal damage deterrents in an effort to foster the coexistence of agriculture, livestock and wildlife in Benton County.

The AWPP funds educational outreach and expert consultation services and a merit-based, cost-share, reimbursement grant program. Agricultural operations in Benton County that wish to prevent conflicts with wildlife may qualify for up to $5,000 in reimbursement grant funds for the purchase of proactive non-lethal wildlife deterrents to protect livestock and crops. Individuals experiencing conflicts with beavers may also qualify for grant funds for the purchase of deterrents to protect trees or prevent flooding.

Grant applications are available online at Applications are due July 30, 2021. Grants will be awarded September 1, 2021.

Last year, the AWPP awarded $10,395 in reimbursement grant funds to Benton County farms for the purchase of wildlife-friendly animal damage deterrents to prevent conflicts with wildlife.  Awards were made based upon the applicant's philosophy of animal damage control and the likely effectiveness of the proposed non-lethal deterrents project plan.

Grant participants used a wide variety of non-lethal wildlife deterrents including protective caging, improved fencing,  and secure housing to protect their crops and livestock. All participants said they would recommend the grant program to other farmers.

Learn more about the AWPP, and find information about the grant program at