New AEAs In Green Lake & Saint Croix

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection designated more than 40,000 acres across Green Lake and Saint Croix counties as Agricultural Enterprise Areas this year.

There are currently 47 AEAs across Wisconsin, totaling more than 1.57 million acres and spanning portions of 30 counties, 130 towns, and the Bad River Reservation.

AEA designations are important to Wisconsin’​s agricultural future and support local farmland protection goals, the agricultural economy, environmental efforts, and rural prosperity, says DATCP. Landowners within designated AEAs are eligible to enter into voluntary farmland preservation agreements committing all or a portion of their farm to agricultural use and maintaining state soil and water conservation standards. In return, they may be eligible to claim the annual farmland preservation tax credit.

The 2023 AEAs include:

Stanton Farmland Heritage Preservation AEA

Located in Saint Croix County, it includes more than 23,000 acres in the towns of Cylon, Stanton and Star Prairie. Local governments and partners joined 24 landowners to petition for designation of this AEA. Petitioners in this close-knit community want to promote conservation practices to preserve their agricultural resources for future generations. Local contact: Max Erickson, land use technician, (715) 531-1909

Town of Princeton AEA

Located in Green Lake County, it includes more than 17,000 acres in the towns of Princeton and Brooklyn. Local government and partners joined seven landowners to petition for designation of this AEA. Petitioners want to preserve the local farming economy and support local agricultural related business within the AEA. Local contact: Todd Morris, county conservationist, (608) 685-6262

DATCP is accepting petitions to designate new or modify existing AEAs through July 28. The AEA designation provides tools to support farmland protection, conservation, and the local farm economy. A minimum of five landowners and their local governments must file a petition jointly.

Petition materials are available here: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/AEAPetitionInfo.aspx

A petition may take months to prepare in order to gather information and engage local landowners. Anyone interested in submitting a petition can request information on workshops, webinars and other resources by contacting datcpworkinglands@wisconsin.gov or (608) 224-4611.