Please join friends and colleagues for this first event honoring cooperative and conservation leader Rod Nilsestuen. March 30, 2012, marks the inaugural program of the Rod Nilsestuen Legacy Event at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This inaugural event is held in honor of the late Rod Nilsestuen, secretary of the Department of Agriculture (Wisconsin) and a longtime leader in the national cooperative movement.
Now is the time for local governments and farmers interested in protecting their agricultural land base and strengthening their rural economy to apply for the 2012 Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) designation. Receiving designation as an AEA can encourage additional investment in the local economy; create a sense of certainty about the future of agriculture in the community, and enable farmers to claim an income tax credit for eligible land.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has developed an interactive webmap to view information related to designated Agricultural Enterprise Areas (AEAs). The webmap is now available for viewing.
A report on a wonderful event celebrating the marriage of land conservation and the future of Wisconsin farming.