Modifying a Farmland Preservation Agreement

​Existing farmland preservation agreements signed before July 1, 2009 or under 2009 WI Act 374 can be modified. Modifying these existing agreements allows the landowner to claim a farmland preservation tax credit worth either $5 per acre, or $10 per acre if the covered land is also covered by farmland preservation zoning. In many cases, this calculation will enable the landowner to claim a higher tax credit.

Application to modify a farmland preservation agreement

Instructions for modifying a farmland preservation agreement

Sample modified farmland preservation agreement​ 

Landowner Considerations Prior to Modifying a Farmland Preservation Agreement

Modification of your existing agreement will enable you to claim a tax credit worth $5 per acre (or $10 per acre if your land is also covered by a farmland preservation zoning ordinance), with no minimum acreage requirement and no maximum credit. In some instances, your current agreement may provide a higher tax credit. Visit the Department of Revenue’s website or talk to a tax professional for more information about calculating the farmland preservation tax credit.​
Modifying the agreement does not extend the current expiration date of an existing agreement.
With a modified agreement, you still may remove all of the land from coverage under the agreement; however with the modification you also have the option to remove just a portion of the land from coverage under an agreement. As under your current agreement, there is a fee to remove land from coverage by the agreement.
To be eligible for the modification, the land under the agreement must be in compliance with the farmland preservation agreement provisions identified in the current agreement, including applicable soil and water conservation standards. Contact your county’s land conservation department for more information.
Once the agreement is modified, the land will then be subject to the soil and water conservation requirements in place on the date that the agreement was modified. Contact your county’s land conservation department for more information.