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 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 2024 Agricultural Enterprise Area petition cycle is now open. ​Petitions will be accepted until August 2, 2023. For the petition applications for both new AEAs and midifications to exisiting AEAs, information about the petition process, and to see previous years​ petition materials, including previous years 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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Apple Lake AEA Farmland in Polk County
Apple Lake AEA, Emphasis on Polk County

Polk ​County works with landowners to plan for farmland preservation protections.

Greenville Greenbelt AEA. Photo by John Goffard
Greenville Greenbelt AEA, Outagamie County​

Community prioritizes land preservation and conservation pratices. 

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St. Marie AEA Farm Field in Green Lake County
St. Marie AEA, Green Lake County

Farmers pass down their legacy of farmland preservation to the next generation. 


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

West Point AEA connects farmers and lake communities to protect local resouces.