Congratulations are in order as Dick’s family farm- the Cates Family Farm, was awarded the Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation’s 2013 Leopold Conservation Award! The Award honors Wisconsin landowner achievements in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
The enhanced conservation easement tax incentive has helped conserve some of Wisconsin's most special places since its passage and it is expiring at the end of the year. Please reach out to your member of Congress and voice your support for this important conservation tool. Read more to see if your member of Congress has co-sponsored the bill to make the tax incentive permanent, and for talking points and sample letters.
Anyone interested in designating an agricultural enterprise area, including landowners, local government leaders and business people, can learn about the process at a workshop 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 12. Participants can attend in person or via webinar. Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will provide guidance and answer questions, whether participants are already developing a petition or still considering what they might need to do before submitting a petition in the future.
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.