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Eau Claire County Farmland Preservation Program

Wisconsin’s Farmland Preservation Program (FPP) helps rural land owners and local governments preserve farmland, protect soil and water resources, and minimize land use conflicts.  Landowners in designated Farmland Preservation areas who meet state soil and water conservation standards are eligible to claim an annual state income tax credit.

In order to claim the FPP tax credit in Eau Claire County, rural landowners must either own land that is zoned Agricultural Preservation or located in the Golden Triangle Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA).  Depending on land location, landowners are potentially eligible for an annual income tax credit of $5.00, $7.50, or $10.00 per acre.  See the following map for Eligible FPP Areas in Eau Claire County.

County Farmland Preservation Map

Eligible landowners must also meet state soil and water conservation standards on their agricultural land in order to claim the FPP tax credit.  The following document outlines Wisconsin’s soil and water conservation standards

State Conservation Standards

Contact Amanda Schultz at 715-839-4788 to learn more about the Farmland Preservation Program in Eau Claire County.

Other Resources

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection – Farmland Preservation Program --> CLICK HERE

Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Update for 2017

Do you claim the farmland preservation tax credit? Do you prepare taxes for agricultural clients? DATCP is hosting two webinars for tax preparers and individuals who prepare tax claims under the farmland preservation program to review requirements for claiming the credit. The webinar will cover the basics of the Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program, eligibility to claim the Farmland Preservation Tax Credit and which schedule to use when claiming.

Session 1: November 17th, 2017, 10:00 am- 11:00am

Session 2: December 6th, 2017, 10:00 am- 11:00 am

Please email DATCPWorkingLands@wisconsin.gov to request a link to either date for the webinar.