What service does the AIS program provide farm operations and agricultural landowners?
The AIS program is an outreach program serving farm operations who are impacted by utility, municipal, and transportation projects such as electric transmission lines, wastewater treatment facilities, and highways. To these farm operations, the AIS program provides an opportunity for them to voice for alternatives to preserve farmland under the framework of Wis. Stat. § 32.035.
Can a farm operation or agricultural landowner request an AIS?
No, a farm operation cannot request an AIS for a project. However, a farm operation can inform DATCP about a project that impacts their land. In such case, DATCP will reach out to the project initiator to examine the project.
How can impacted farm operations and agricultural landowners participate in the AIS process?
There are many ways to participate. Foremost, filling out and returning the DATCP landowner survey ensures your voice will be heard during the project design & approval process. Attending public meetings or hearings offered by the project initiator or another state agency are other ways to get involved.
Which impacted landowners will DATCP contact?
DATCP will only contact farm operations and agricultural landowners impacted by the project.
Why is DATCP requesting information on my farm operation?
DATCP requests information on your farm in order to evaluate the impact the project may have to it now or in the future.
Will DATCP request personal information, such as social security number or date of birth?
No, for the purposes of the AIS program, DATCP will not request personal information such as your social security number, date of birth or credit card numbers. If you received a call from DATCP requesting information like this for use by the AIS program, please file an
Identity Theft Complaint with DATCP at the provided link.
What will DATCP do with the information I provide about my farm operation?
DATCP will analyze the information you share for specific project impacts to your farm operation. DATCP will also collectively analyze all information to see if the project has any common impacts or trends across all farming operations in an affected project area. DATCP will then publish those impacts and trends within the AIS publication. DATCP will also share this information with other regulatory agencies that possess decision authority over the project.
Will the information I provide make a difference?
Yes, the information you provide can be used by regulatory agencies to change the outcome of a project and/or impact the amount and types of mitigation efforts that are required for a project. Most common results observed include the requirement to use an alternative project route or requiring a specific agricultural mitigation practice for certain agricultural lands.
Will DATCP notify me of an AIS publication?
Yes, DATCP is required to notify all farm operations and agricultural landowners impacted by a project when the AIS is published. Notification is done by mail and will include a full color copy of the AIS document. An electronic copy can also be provided upon request to