Rock County in south central Wisconsin has taken a big step toward permanently protecting some of Wisconsin’s best farmland. The County Board voted 21-4 in September 2014 to approve an annual appropriation of $200,000 to support the county’s Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements program. The county sales tax will be the source of revenue this year.
The latest edition of WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's newsletter- “Working Lands Connection”, is now available. It has info on Alice in Dairyland, 2014 AEA Recommendations, FP Planning Workshops, Recent Certifications, Upcoming Events, Staff Announcements, New Tools and Resources and more.
The Partnering for Progress's fun and festive annual Barn Dance & Chautauqua celebrates Wisconsin's working lands, and raises funds to support the important work of the nonprofit partner organizations. Join us on September 13th in Cleveland, WI!
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.