FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2022
Contact: Kevin Hoffman, Public Information Officer, (608) 224-5005, email@example.com
MADISON, Wis. – This 12 months, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) designated greater than 61,000 acres in Buffalo and Douglas counties as agricultural enterprise areas (AEAs). With these additions, the state now has 45 AEAs totaling greater than 1.5 million acres situated in elements of 126 cities and 30 counties, together with the Bad River Reservation.
AEA designations are vital to Wisconsin’s agricultural future and help native farmland safety objectives, the agricultural financial system, environmental efforts, and rural prosperity. Landowners inside designated AEAs are eligible to enter into voluntary farmland preservation agreements committing all or a portion of their farm to agricultural use and sustaining state soil and water conservation requirements. In return, they could be eligible to say the annual farmland preservation tax credit score.
The 2022 AEAs embody:
Northern Douglas County AEA, Douglas County: Includes greater than 32,000 acres in the cities of Parkland, Amnicon, Cloverland, Lakeside, Maple, and the Village of Poplar. Local governments and companions joined 12 landowners to petition for designation of this AEA. This is the primary AEA in Douglas County and the primary eligible space for the county’s landowners to take part in the Farmland Preservation Program because the program was up to date in 2009. Petitioners in this AEA hope to advertise a various agricultural neighborhood and supply alternatives for farmers and non-farming landowners to construct relationships.
Local contact: Ashley Vande Voort, land conservationist, (715) 395-1266
Montana Society for Responsible Land Use AEA, Buffalo County: Includes greater than 29,000 acres in the Town of Montana. Local authorities and companions joined 29 landowners to petition for designation of Buffalo County’s first AEA. Petitioners hope to empower farmers and landowners to entry conservation instruments and packages supporting farm profitability and neighborhood conservation.
Local contact: Cale Severson, county conservationist, (608) 685-6262
Local communities can voluntarily pursue designation of an AEA by submitting a petition to DATCP. Through this designation, the neighborhood can encourage continued agricultural manufacturing and funding in the agricultural financial system.
DATCP has the authority to designate as much as two million acres of AEAs. For extra details about this system or petition for a brand new or increase an present AEA, go to http://farmlandpreservation.wi.gov.
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