February 20, 2013
For years, Michael Fields staff has actively worked to support farmland preservation programs, especially at the state level. We continue to encourage state leaders to restore funding and staff to implement all provisions of the Working Lands Initiative, which became law in 2009, including the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements, which was de-funded in 2011. Landowners interested in protecting their farmland from development can contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the American Farmland Trust for more information about resources that can help. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has offices in most counties, where landowners can learn about federal farmland protection resources such as the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.