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A common obstacle to improvement of agricultural operations for protecting drinking water source quality is funding. Farmers often are not willing to implement non-required BMPs that adversely affect their ability to cover expenses and make a profit. Many successful case studies have shown some type of cost-sharing to be effective. Of course, farmer cooperation is best when funding sources are available to pay for 100 percent of the costs of BMP construction and implementation. Proactive water utilities can work with farmers and other stakeholders to find funding for a variety of agricultural source water protection projects. Knowledge of these potential funding sources, as well as good relationships with stakeholder organizations that are experienced as gaining related funding, can greatly help a water utility to gain cooperation of the farms in their source water area.