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Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan - Recertification

Dane County boasts both the largest agricultural economy in Wisconsin and the state’s fastest growing, second-largest, metropolitan area. Balancing these competing demands requires careful planning.  


The Ordinance Amendment to Update the Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan has been introduced.  More information HERE.


The Farmland Preservation Recertification team would like to hear your feedback regarding agriculture in Dane County! It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and your input can help guide our 2022 recertification process. You can take the survey by clicking here, or by following the link below:


The Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan, adopted as part of the Dane County Comprehensive Plan

  • serves as the primary policy guide for county, town, city and village government seeking to protect the agricultural land base and the farm economy, and:  
  • makes farmers eligible for state benefits under the Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program, including income tax credits under WI State Statute Ch. 91.51

Dane County farmers received over $1.4 million in tax credits in 2019, the largest amount received by any county in the state.

2022 Update and Recertification
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) last certified the Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan in 2012.  State certification expires on December 31, 2022. The Dane County Department of Planning and Development, under the direction of the Zoning and Land Regulations committee, will be preparing an update of the plan to meet certification standards under section 91.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Contact Us:

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·         Leave a voice-mail message and we’ll call you back: (608) 571-3186

More information:
•    Introduction to the Farmland Preservation Plan (PDF Presentation)
•    Farmland Preservation Plan Steering Committee Agendas and Minutes (Legistar)
•    Farmland Preservation Planning in Wisconsin (DATCP)
•    Dane County Planning Viewer GIS Application

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