Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection: Hearings set on new farmland preservation rule


Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130,
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Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020
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MADISON – Four public hearings during February will allow the public to comment on a proposed rule governing Wisconsin’s Farmland Preservation Program.

The Legislature repealed the previous Farmland Preservation Program in 2009 in response to growing pressures to convert farmland statewide to nonagricultural uses, and recreated it with a new structure. The new law authorized the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to write an administrative rule, called ATCP 49, to lay out technical details as to how local governments may plan and zone to preserve farmland. Landowners within farmland preservation zones may be able to claim tax credits.

Here is the hearing schedule:

Appleton – Thursday, Feb. 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Outagamie County Highway Department, 1313 Holland Road, conference room

Eau Claire – Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., conference rooms 158/185

Wausau – Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., Marathon County Extension Office, 212 River Drive, conference room 5

Madison – Thursday, Feb. 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., State Agriculture Building, 2811 Agriculture Drive, board room

You can get a copy of the proposed rule:

– Online at, search for ATCP 49

– By mail at WI-DATCP, ATTN Alison Volk, Agricultural Resource Management Division, PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911

– By calling or emailing Alison Volk, 608-224-4712, [email protected]

You can comment on the rule:

– At the hearings

– Online at, search for ATCP 49

– By sending written comments to the address

– By emailing comments to the address
Comments must be received by March 15.