Farmland Preservation Program
Changes were made to the Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program as part of the 2009-2011 Wisconsin State Budget. These changes included: 1. Different participation eligibility requirements; 2. Different methods for calculating program tax credits; and 3. New/additional soil & water conservation requirements.
1. Landowner participation eligibility requirements are:
- Land must be covered by exclusive agricultural/farmland preservation zoning, or be covered by an approved Farmland Preservation Program Long-Term Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). There is no minimum acreage requirement.
- Landowners must show a minimum of $6,000 in gross farm revenues for the past year, or minimum of $18,000 over the past three years.
- Property taxes on the land must be paid by the participating landowner.
- Landowners must certify on their state income tax return that they are in compliance with state soil & water conservation standards.
2. Methods for calculating program tax credits:
- $5.00 per acre for landowners with a Farmland Preservation Program Long-Term Agreement signed after July 1, 2009 and located in an approval Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA). An AEA is an area in which five or more contiguous landowners have agreed to keep land in agricultural use, and get local and state approval of their proposed AEA. Currently, the Dodge County Towns of Chester, Westford, Beaver Dam, Hubbard, Lowell, Clyman, Hustisford, Rubicon, Emmet, Lebanon, and Ashippun have not adopted exclusive agricultural/farmland preservation zoning, and landowners here could only participate in the revised Farmland Preservation Program under this option.
- $7.50 per acre for landowners in an area zoned for farmland preservation. Currently, the Dodge County towns of Fox Lake, Lomira, Leroy, Herman, Trenton, Burnett, Williamstown, Theresa, Calamus, Oak Grove, Elba, Portland and Shields have adopted exclusive agricultural/farmland preservation zoning, and landowners would likely participate in the revised Farmland Preservation Program under this option.
- $10.00 per acre for landowners in an area zoned for farmland preservation and also in an approved AEA, with a Farmland Preservation Program Long-Term Agreement signed after July, 1, 2009.
3. New/Additional soil & water conservation requirements:
All landowners claiming tax credits under the revised program must comply with statewide conversation standards. The statewide conservation standards are specified in the Wisconsin Administrative Rules ATCP 50 and NR151, and are summarized below:
- All land where crops or feed are grown shall be cropped to achieve a soil erosion rate equal to, or less than, the “tolerable” (T) rate established for that soil, according to the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 – (RUSLE2)
- All crop producers and livestock producers that apply manure or other nutrients to agricultural fields shall have and follow an annual nutrient management plan that complies with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Standard #590
- Construction of a new manure storage facility or alterations to an old manure storage facility must be done so as to minimize the risk of structural failure or leakage. (Dodge County also has an ordinance regulating manure storage construction and closure)
- A manure storage facility shall be closed when the facility has ceased operation, or manure has not been added or removed for a period of 24 months; and closure shall be done in a manner that will prevent contamination of groundwater or surface water
- Failing and leaking manure storage facilities that pose an imminent threat to public health or wildlife, etc. shall be upgraded, replaced or abandoned
- Runoff shall be diverted away from contacting feedlots, manure storage or barnyard areas within water quality management areas (within 300 feet of a stream or ditch; or within 1,000 feet of a lake)
- There shall be no overflow of a manure storage facility
- There shall be no unconfined manure pile within water quality management areas
- There shall be no direct runoff from a feedlot or stored manure into waters of the state
- There shall be no unlimited access by livestock to waters of the state where high concentrations of animals prevent the maintenance of adequate sod or self-sustaining vegetative cover
Existing participants need to meet these standards based on a 5-year schedule of compliance, and any new participants must demonstrate compliance with the conservation standards at the time when applying for the program. Participants under older long-term agreements (signed prior to July 1, 2009), must comply with the conservation standards that were in place when the long-term agreement application was submitted to the county.
For more information or clarification, contact the Dodge County Land Conservation Department at 920-386-3660.
For answers to frequently asked tax credit questions, click the line below:
Non-Point Source Pollution Control
Even though the state of Wisconsin no longer sponsors a watershed based non-point source pollution control program, the Dodge County Land Conservation Department performs a variety of non-point source pollution control work activities. Current and on-going work activities in this area include the following:
- Land & Water Resource Management Plan Implementation - Planning, design, installation, and cost sharing of non-point source pollution control practices provided to landowners under the Wisconsin Land & Water Resource Management Program.
- Nutrient and Manure Management Planning - Technical, educational, and cost share assistance provided to landowners to assist in the preparation and implementation of cropland nutrient management plans. Manure spreading restriction maps are prepared for land owners and land operators needing to know the location of environmentally sensitive sites where manure spreading is to be restricted.
- Wisconsin Non-Point Runoff Rule Implementation - Working cooperatively with Wisconsin DNR field staff, Dodge County Land Conservation Department staff assist with the planning, design, installation and cost sharing of non-point pollution control practices with landowners who have been determined to be violating one or more of Wisconsin's Non-Point Runoff Rules under Wisconsin Administrative Rule NR151.
Water Quality Forum News Release Feburary 2014
Dodge County Manure Storage Ordinance
Dodge County's Manure Storage and Nutrient Utilization Ordinance was revised in June of 2007. The ordinance continues to require anyone who is planning to build a new manure storage system, or anyone who is planning to substantially alter an existing manure storage system in Dodge County to obtain a permit from the Dodge County Land Conservation Department, and to do this construction work in compliance with construction standards. The revised ordinance now provides for the following additional requirements:
- To properly close manure storage facilities that have not been used for two or more years.
- The issuance of a "Certificate of Use" prior to a landowner being allowed to use a new or substantially altered manure storage facility.
- The preparation of an emergency response plan to be implemented in the event of a manure spill or discharge.
- To prepare and annually update and follow a nutrient management plan for as long as a permitted manure storage facility continues to be used to store manure.
Below are two links for manure storage applications. One is an application for a permit to close a manure storage facility and the other is an application to construct a manure storage facility.
Wildlife Crop Damage Program
Dodge County contracts with USDA-APHIS Animal Damage Control staff to carry out daily work on this program. The program offers wildlife crop damage abatement services for damage done by deer, geese, and turkeys. Crop damage claims payments can be made to eligible landowners who experience over $500 in damage to crops.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
The Dodge County Land Conservation Department is administering the state's technical work responsibilities of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The CREP program allows landowners to enroll cropland or pastureland that is immediately adjacent to rivers, streams or farm drainage ditches into 15 year set-aside contracts or permanent easements. Eligible landowners receive state and Federal incentive payments and cost share payments to install practices such as grass filter strips, wooden buffer strips, wetland restorations, or grass waterways. More information may be obtained by contacting the Dodge County Land Conservation Department.
Land and Water Resources Management Program
Cost share dollars are available to Dodge County landowners for implementing soil and water conservation practices that reduce soil erosion/sediment delivery, and that reduce non-point source water pollution. Applications will be taken throughout the year up to November 1st
. However, funds are limited, so applications for funding should be submitted as soon as possible. Practices that will achieve the highest level of soil erosion and non-point source pollution control will be given a high priority ranking, but applications must be submitted by March 31st
to be given this consideration. Work performed under this program is guided by the Dodge County Land and Water Resource Management Plan as revised in 2007. To view the revised plan, please click on the link below.
Water Quality Forum News Release Feburary 2014
Nutrient Management Program
UW-Extension Nutrient Management Workshops
Nutrient Management Farmer TrainingProgram This is an educational program for the producer who wants to learn how to prepare a Nutrient Management Plan that meets the current standards. Participants are required to attend 2-3 hours of classroom training. As part of the training program participants will:
- Receive farm maps - (aerial, soils, and manure spreading restrictions)
- Have their Manure Spreader Calibrated to determine application rate
- Develop a Nutrient Management Plan for their operation
For more information contact Robert Bird at 920-386-3660
- Nutrient Management Farmer Training - January 22, 2014
- Nutrient Management Farmer Training Refresher - February 19, 2014
- Snap-Plus Farmer Training - February 26, 2014 or by individual appointmnet
Call 920-386-3790 to Pre-Register Call 920-386-3660 with Questions
When are Nutrient Management Plans Required?
- Anyone in Farmland Preservation Program
- Anyone Installing/Altering Manure Storage Structure
- Expanding operations going thru Livestock Siting Ordinance
- Operations under DNR WPDES permits (CAFO's/more than 1000 Animal Unit)
How often do I have to update my Nutrient Management Plan?
Annually. (Winter) Prior to growing season.
Protecting Surface and Ground Water.
How do I show compliance with the Nutrient Management Requirement? By filling out and submitting a 590 checklist.
Click on the following link to print out the Nutrient Management Checklist to manually fill out and send in: NutrientManagement Plan Checklist OR Click on the following link to fill in the word document and send to us electronically (see email address below): Nutrient Management Plan Checklist Fill In Form.doc
Send a copy of your completed Nutrient Management checklist to: Dodge County Land Conservation Department, 127 East Oak Street, Juneau, WI 53039 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Write your Nutrient Management Plan using free Snap Plus software. SNAP PLUS WEBSITE:
Dodge County Land Conservation/DATCP
Producers can receive a one time payment of $28/acre for completing a Nutrient Management Plan. Farmers can get on a waiting list to be funded as monies become available.
For more info contact Marc Bethke or Robert Bird at (920) 386-3660.
USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
For complete and updated details regarding the above program, please contact NRCS at 920-386-9999 ext. 3.
Call (920) 386-3660 for the most up to date information on Nutrient Management programs.
Small Packet Tree Sales Program
The Dodge County Land Conservation Department is once again selling small packets of trees and shrubs for spring 2015 planting. Trees and shrubs being offered for sale include Red Oak, White Oak, Swamp White Oak, Burr Oak, Sugar Maple, White Cedar, White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Tamarack, Black Cherry, Fraser Fir, Red Osier Dogwood, American Cranberry Bush, Hazelnut, Elderberry, and American Plum. Trees and shrubs will be sold in bundles of 25, and all species are being sold for $25.00 per bundle. There are a limited number of trees and shrubs available, so order early. For more information, or to obtain an order form, please contact the Dodge County Land Conservation Department weekdays at (920) 386-3660; or you can view and download a copy of the brochure and order form by clicking on the link below.
- Provide free conservation planning and technical assistance to county landowners
- Prepare manure spreading restriction maps
- Provide two tree planters and one herbicide sprayer for rent to landowners planting large numbers of trees
- Provide "spud bars" for those planting smaller numbers of trees
- Sponsor a small packet tree sales program
- Provide assistance in calibrating manure spreaders for nutrient management planning
- Coordinate a farmer network for those interested in doing intensive rotational grazing
- Maintain a list of available rental equipment for doing conservation tillage & no till