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DATCP Seeking Opinions About Farmland Preservation
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/19/2018

Landowners in 15 Wisconsin counties are being asked about their thoughts on the state's farmland preservation program. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is surveying about 3,000 farmers and other rural property holders in an attempt to make the program more effective.

"We really need landowners' input, and the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete," said DATCP Land Management Section Leader Alison Volk. "This survey will help us better understand how the program is working for landowners around the state."

The areas targeted in the survey include Barron, Buffalo, Dodge, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marathon, Monroe, Polk, Sauk, Walworth and Washington Counties. Volk said these landowners were chosen because they are in areas where there are farmland preservation zoning districts or agricultural enterprise areas, or that have had high participation in the past but where participation is declining.

Meanwhile, the agency is also surveying local governments about their participation in farmland preservation zoning and agricultural enterprise areas.

The farmland preservation program offers tax credits to landowners in return for keeping their land in agricultural use. It was established to provide landowners and local governments with tools to help protect farmland for future generations.

In 2016, there were about 12,000 participants, preserving about 2.3 million acres.

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