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 2022 Agricultural Enterprise Area petition cycle is o​pen and accepting petitions until July 29, 2022.​ For information about the petition process and see previous year's petition information, visit Petitioning for Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) Designation​​.​

Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Update for Tax Professionals- Nov. 17, 2021

DATCP and DOR cover topics including:

  • Basics of the farmland preservation tax credit
  • Review of Wisconsin tax schedules FC and FC-A
  • Documentation required to claim the credit ​and what must be attached to a taxpayer's return
  • How landowners can participate in the program

Recording: Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Update for 2021 


Check out the Introduction to the Farmland Preservation Program:​

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For more program tutorials, including Claiming the Farmland Preservation Tax Credit in WI, please visit our YouTube playlist​