USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for its new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program. Funds will be available for the purchase of conservation easements on eligible agricultural lands and wetlands in Wisconsin.
The latest edition of WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's newsletter- “Working Lands Connection”, is now available. It has info on the Farmland Preservation Program biennial report, a Rezone Report reminder, an ATCP 49 update, ATCP 50 update, AEA update, tax credit Information, upcoming speaking events and more.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 is now law, so what exactly does that mean for farmland conservation? What does it mean for land trusts? American Farmland Trust and the Land Trust Alliance are providing opportunities to learn about the new Farm Bill and how program changes will impact land trusts and farmland protection efforts.
Advice from Matt Zoshke, an organizer of Wisconsin’s largest agricultural enterprise area (AEA): Be willing to work with the farmers in your area and understand their concerns. That and a lot of cooperative, creativity and hard work went into establishment of the Heart of America’s Dairyland AEA in Clark and Marathon counties. It also didn’t hurt that Zoshke, the Clark County conservationist, has a farm background and is well-known in the agriculture community.