Farmland Preservation Planning: Materials for Counties

​​​In Wisconsin, Farmland Preservation Plans are nonbinding guidance documents that help local governments establish ​policies to protect farmland for the future. ​​​

​​​Farmland Preservation Planning Grants to Counties 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is currently accepting county applications for farmland preservation planning grants.  A grant may reimburse up to 50% of a county’s cost to prepare a farmland preservation plan or update, up to a maximum grant of $30,000. ​In order to participate in the state farmland preservation program, a county must first have a state-certified farmland preservation plan.  Landowners in participating counties may qualify for tax credits. ​To request a grant consultation or a copy of the grant application, please contact program staff at DATCPWorkingLands@wisconsin.gov​.  

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Certification Requirements 

​​​Counties must meet requirements for plan certification which include a clear articulation of county policies related to preserving farmland and promoting agricultural development, including development of enterprises related to agriculture. For a complete list of planning requirements, please review Chapter 91, Wis. Stats. and Administrative Rule ATCP 49​. ​For an abbreviated list of planning requirements, please review the Application for Certification of a County Farmland Preservation Plan linked below. 

DATCP may certify a revised plan for up to 10 years. A county must submit a completed application form, cover memo (see Part A. 4 of the application), along with required text and maps in its application for certification.  

Application for Certification of a County Farmland Preservation Plan ​​


Plan Expiration Extension 

Under s. 91.14(4), Wis. Stats. or Admin. Rule ATCP 49.10(2), counties may request a delay of the expiration date of a county's certified farmland preservation plan for up to 2 years with a written request.

Contact DATCPWorkingLands@wisconsin.gov if you wish to request an extension for your county's farmland preservation plan.​