Farmland Preservation Program
FACTS ABOUT THE WISCONSIN FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM
The Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program was enacted in 1977 and became available
to Wood County landowners in 1984. The purpose of the program is to provide property
tax relief to farmland owners while at the same time preserving Wisconsin farmland
through local land use planning. This planning incorporates soil and water conservation
practices that strive to keep soil erosion at tolerable levels and our area's groundwater
clean. About half of Wisconsin's farmland is currently protected by the program.
CHANGES IN THE FARMLAND PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
Big changes have taken place in the way landowners can receive Farmland Preservation
Tax Credits. The FPP (Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Program) is now under the
Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative. Beginning in the 2010 tax year, $27 million
will be available statewide to provide farmland preservation tax credit annually.
Eligible landowners may collect one of the following per acre amounts.
- $5.00 for farmers with a farmland preservation agreement signed after July 1, 2009
and located in an AEA (agricultural enterprise area). An AEA is an area in which
five or more landowners have agreed to keep land in agriculture.
- $7.50 for farmers in an area zoned for farmland preservation.
- $10.00 for farmers in an area zoned for farmland preservation and also in an AEA,
with a farmland preservation agreement signed after July 1, 2009.
- Acres claimed must be located in a farmland preservation area identified in a certified
county farmland preservation plan.
- Claimants must have $6,000 in gross farm revenue in the past year or $18,000 in
the past three years. Income from rental or farm acreage does not count toward gross
- Property taxes on the land must be paid by the claimant.
- Farmers claiming farmland preservation tax credits must certify on their tax form
that they comply with state soil and water conservation standards. New claimants
must also submit a certification of compliance with soil and water conservation
standards that has been issued by the county Conservation, Education, and Economic
HOW TO APPLY
If you have any questions or would like assistance with the application process,
please contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department.