Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) Program

Agricultural enterprise areas, or AEAs, are community led efforts establishing designated areas important to Wisconsin’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 Preservation 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 AEAs are eligible to enter into voluntary farmland preservation agreements​.

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

The 2021 AEA Petition Cycle is open. To review petition materials and instructions, please visit How to Petition for Designation.

Agricultural Enterprise Areas  Check out these updates on AEAs around the state.

Friends in Agriculture  

Friends in Agriculture AEA

Photo by Clark County LCD

Preserving Clark County's rich agricultural history.

Bear Creek AEA Contour Strip  

Castle Rock AEA, Grant County and Bear Creek AEA, Sauk County 

Photo by Sauk County LRED

Wisconsin program preserves farmland and promotes conservation.


South Fork AEA  

South Fork AEA, Clark County

Photo by Clark County

Neighbors band together to protect Wisconsin farmland.
Golden Triangle AEA, Eau Claire County 

Golden Triangle AEA, Eau Claire County

Photo by Eau Claire Co LCD

Promoting conservation through farm to farm networking


Town of Troy AEA 

Town of Troy AEA, St. Croix County

Photo by Dan Pearson, Town of Troy

Preserving agriculture through farmland protection policies

Scuppernong AEA  

Scuppernong AEA, Jefferson County

Layering farmland a​nd natural resource protections to preserve agricultural community