Farmland Preservation Program

​​​​​​​​​Wisconsin's Farmland Preservation Program helps farmers and local governments preserve farmland, protect soil and water, and minimize land use conflicts. Through participation in the program:

  • Counties develop farmland preservation plans.
  • Local g​ov​e​rnments can develop farmland preservation zoning districts.
  • Landowner​s and local governments together form Agricultural Enterprise Areas.
  • Landow​ners meet soil and water conservation standards to become eligible to claim an income tax credit​​.

​The 2023 Agricultural Enterprise Area petition cycle is now open. Petitions will be accepted until July 28, 2023.​​ For information about the petition process and see this year's petition information, visit Petitioning for Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) Designation​​.​

Check out the Introduction to the Farmland Preservation Program:​