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Largest AEA Relied on Communication, Creativity

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.

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Brooks family’s legacy is permanent with PACE

“Leave a legacy, not a liability.” That’s the motto at Brooks Farms in Waupaca, the 2013 Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association’s Conservation Farmer of the Year. The fifth-generation farm family adheres to the motto daily, with an array of soil and water conservation practices, energy conservation, wildlife habitat enhancement and other sustainability efforts.

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Wisconsin Welcomes Bramblett, NRSC State Conservationist

Jimmy Bramblett is Wisconsin’s new Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist. He replaces Patricia Leavenworth, who retired in 2012 this year after 18 years of service as state conservationist.

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Partnering for Progress

A report on a wonderful event celebrating the marriage of land conservation and the future of Wisconsin farming.

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Local Land Trust a Farmland Preservation Resource

The Natural Heritage Land Trust has been on the cutting edge of farmland protection in Wisconsin for more than a decade. Executive Director Jim Welsh says the Madison-based land trust follows a simple formula: Partnering with local governments to accomplish mutual goals.

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Dairy Farmer/Teacher Sees Value in Easement

Pam Allen’s dairy farm is perched on what she calls “one of the most spectacular pieces of land in the state of Wisconsin.”

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Waupaca Works to Preserve Farms & Forests

The wind howled through the barn boards at the Bob and Penny Leder farm, but it couldn’t upstage the celebration of farmland preservation held there June 9, 2010.

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Waupaca Extension Heard Citizen Concerns and Acted

Many groups and individuals helped make Wisconsin’s new Working Lands Initiative a reality. Two Waupaca County Extension agents played crucial roles, both in their home county and in the state.

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Koepke Family Proves Farming Viable in Urban Shadows

The Koepke family of rural Waukesha County has been a voice for farmland preservation for a long time. With Wisconsin’s still-new Working Lands Initiative in place, they’re finally seeing the fruits of their labors.

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Dane County Farmer a Farmland Preservation Leader

Just south of the Beltline that dissects the bustling capital city of Madison, verdant farm fields and woodlots mark the line between development and farmland preservation.

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