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 governments can develop farmland preservation zoning districts.
- Landowners and local governments together form Agricultural Enterprise Areas.
- Landowners 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: