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Farmland Preservation Program (Working Lands Initiative)
The purpose of the Farmland Preservation Program is to help local governments that want to preserve farmland through local planning and zoning, and to provide tax relief to farmers who participate in the program.  This program is part of the larger Working Lands Initiative which also includes Agricultural Enterprise Areas (AEAs) and the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program.  Eligible participants in the Farmland Preservation Program are currently receiving $7.50 per acre.   For more information regarding this program, see the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's web site or view an informational video below:

Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Tutorial

The Land & Water Conservation Department is responsible for monitoring compliance with the 2002 State Agricultural Performance Standards and Prohibitions that program participants are required to implement and adhere to.  The County Board of Supervisors has established a monitoring fee of $60 for single farm inspections and $90 for participant with multiple farm sites.  This fee takes effect on January 1, 2012 and is collected at the time of the onsite compliance check which is conducted once every 4 years.

Program Summary July,2009


Certified Crop Adviser Links

Land and Water Resource Management Plan
The Land and Water Resource Management Plan is required through Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 92.10. This plan evaluates the resource conditions and issues of Fond du Lac County and presents a plan to address those issues. The plan has been approved by the state Land & Water Board on December 4, 2012.  See link to view the complete plan. 

Land and Water Resource Management Plan

Wildlife Damage Control
Fond du Lac County participates in the Wisconsin Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program. The program covers damage to crops by deer, geese, turkey and bear. Emphasis is on damage abatement first. Eligibility criteria must be met for compensation. Contact the USDA Animal, Plant and Health inspection service in Waupun; 1-800-433-0663 or their website.

Information & Education Programs
Fond du Lac County is involved in a variety of Information and Education programs. These programs serve the urban and rural population. Some educational activities LWCD staff is involved in are Outdoor Classroom, school/classroom presentations, Farm Shows, farmer workshops and Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep.  Classroom presentations may be found here.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program. Through EQIP, landowners may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices that protect soil and water quality.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary land retirement program that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water. Cropland or pasture adjacent to surface water is set aside with annual rental payments through the contract period. Cost-sharing for practice installation is provided as well as other incentives.

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