ATCP 50: Wisconsin's Soil and Water Resource Management Rule

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ATCP 50 is the administrative rule used by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to implement state and federal laws. It covers soil and water resource management grants to counties, county resource management planning, conservation compliance for farmland preservation tax credits, local ordinances, nutrient management and other conservation practices. DATCP cooperates with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, county land conservation committees and other agencies to administer conservation programs. 

ATCP 50: Soil and Water Resource Management Program Rule Update 2024​​

DATCP updated ATCP 50 to implement the Silurian bedrock agricultural performance standard promulgated in 2018 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Wis. Admin. Code NR 151.075, as authorized under Wis. Stat. ​​​ 281.16(3), Wis. Stats and make some rule language updates. DATCP worked with agriculture industry stakeholders, county staff, state agencies, the legislature, Governor, and the general public to update ATCP 50 which went into effect June 1, 2024. ​

​Information Incorporated by Reference

Primary and secondary technical standards incorporated by reference

Soil Testing Laboratory Certification Application

Approved Soil Testing Laboratories

NRCS 561 - Heavy Use Area Protection

UW-EX Milking Center Wastewater Guidelines

590 Standard (2015)

590 Technical Note and Appendices 2-3

590 Technical Note Appendix 1

590 Checklist

UW-EX Nutrient Application Guidelines for Field, Fruit and Vegetable Crops (A2809) (2006)

UW-EX Nutrient Application Guidelines for Field, Fruit and Vegetable Crops (A2809) (2012)

Farmland Preservation Program Certificate of Conservation Compliance

SWRM Grant Program Resources

Engineering Certification Form 


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