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More Farmland to be Added as Ag Enterprise Areas
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/24/2017

Another agricultural enterprise area has been designated under an order signed by Interim State Agriculture Secretary Jeff Lyon.

Wisconsin's total acreage in designated agricultural enterprise areas comes to 1.13 million acres after January 1 when AEAs in Waupaca County's town of Lind is added. Wisconsin will then have 34 AEAs in 25 counties, 98 towns and the Bad River Reservation.

AEAs may be created or expanded when at least five landowners, in partnership with local governments, petition the DATCP for the designation. They are part of Wisconsin's farmland preservation program, intended to encourage preservation of agricultural land use and to promote agricultural economic development appropriate to each area.

To date, landowners in ag enterprise areas have signed more than 650 farmland preservation agreements, covering more than 142,000 acres. Landowners outside designated AEAs who want to participate should work with their neighbors and local governments to petition for AEA status.

This is the eighth round of AEA designations.

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