Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) Program

​​​​​Agricultural enterprise areas, or AEAs, are community led efforts establishing designated areas important toWisconsin’s agricultural future. More specifically, an AEA is an area of productive agriculture that has received designation from the state at the request of landowners and local governments. As a part of the state’s Farmland Farming equiptment creating potato hills in a farm field in the Fairfield AEA in Sauk CountyPreservation Program, AEAs strive to support local farmland protection goals.

Local communities can voluntarily pursue designation of an AEA by submitting a petition to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Through this designation, the community can encourage continued agricultural production and investment in the agricultural economy. Landowners within designated AE​As are eligible to enter into voluntary farmland preservation agreements​.

Potato Hilling, Fairfield AEA Sauk County|Photo Credit: Sauk County LRED

The 2023 AEA petition cycle is now open. Petitions are due by July 28, 2023.​ To review petition materials, instructions and examples of successful petitions, please visit How to Petition for Designation.

Agricultural Enterprise Areas Snapshots. Preserve Farmland. Protect the environment. Grow the Economy.Check out the newest Snapshots with updates on AEAs around the state. To view any previously published Snapshot, visit the Designated AEA Webpage.
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Fields, Waters and Woods AEA. Photo by Ashland County
Fields, Waters and Woods AEA, Ashland & Bayfield Counties​

Conserving natural resources through farmland preservation and nutrient management.

West Point AEA. Photo by Town of West Point.
West Point AEA, Columbia County

West Point AEA Connects Farmers and Lake Wisconsin Community.

West Point AEA. Photo by Town of West Point.
Heart of America's Dairyland, Emphasis on Marathon County

Protecting local agricultural​ industry and preservin​g rich farmland


Plant residue covers soil in a corn field in the Bear Creek AEA in Sauk County. Photo by Bear Creek AEA Petitioners.
Bear Creek AEA, Sauk County

County connects with landowners to preserve farmland and promote conservation goals.

Potato Field in full bloom in the Antigo Flats AEA in Langlade County. Photo by Langlade County LCD.
Antigo Flats AEA, Langlade County

Strengthening farming operations and conservation practices.

Dairy cows eating silage in barn in the Friends in Agriculture AEA in Clark County. Photo by Clark County LCD.
Friends in Agriculture AEA, Clark County

Preserving Clark County's rich agricultural history.



Greenville Greenbelt AEA, Outagamie County

Greenville Greenbelt AEA prioritizes land preservation and conservation practices.