A recording of the recent Wisconsin Transfer of Development Rights Webinar is now on-line. Presenters are Bob Wagner, senior policy and program advisor with American Farmland Trust; Dan Pearson, chair of the town of Troy in St. Croix County; and Dean Schwartz, chair of the town of West Point in Columbia County.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2015 Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP). Funds will be available for the purchase of conservation easements on eligible agricultural lands in Wisconsin. Applications must be completed by January 16, 2015.
An upcoming webinar will focus on the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) tool for protecting farmland. American Farmland Trust will join the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for the webinar from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov, 13. Please note that the call-in information for the webinar has changed.
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.