Plan to Attend Upcoming Agricultural Enterprise Area (ARA) Workshop Who: Anyone interested in farmland preservation When: Monday, November 8th, 2010, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Dodge County Administration Building, Juneau How to Register: Online or Phone (details below) Agenda: 12 Noon - 12:45 p.m., Registration 12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m., AEA program basics and the petition process 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 2009 - 2010 Petitioner experiences 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Questions and answers If you want to learn about the new Agricultural Enterprise Area (ARA) designation, find out if you are an eli- gible farmer, and learn how to apply for tax credit benefits, plan to attend a free workshop on Monday, No- vember 8th from 12:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., at the Dodge County Administration Building. Local governments and farmers interested in preserving the best farmland in their community can begin apply- ing for the 2011 Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) designation. Applications are due in February, 2011. The free workshop explains how to apply for the 2011 Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) designation, including how to complete the petitions. Farmers and local governments develop a petition for an AEA. Once an AEA is designated, these areas allow eligible farmers to enter into a farmland preservation agreement with the state to claim a farmland preservation tax credit. These areas can also foster collaboration between adjacent landowners and create a sense of cer- tainty about the future of agriculture. Local governments can add to these incentives to further promote farm- land preservation and agricultural economic development in their communities. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is in the process of des- ignating the first 12 AEAs, totaling 200,000 acres. These 12 AEAs were selected from petitions submitted from across Wisconsin during the 2010 cycle. For the 2011 cycle, the department’s goal is to designate 250,000 acres. Priority will be given to prospective AEAs of between 1,000 to 30,000 acres. The materials for developing an AEA petition are available online at: http://workinglands.wi.gov. Applicants should be sure to use the materials for 2011 as there are changes from last year. Petitions must be post- marked by February 18, 2011. To register for an ARA Workshop, register online at http://www.datcp.state.wi.us/registration/aea.jsp or call (608) 224-4625. Meetings will be also be held: Wausau: Tues., Nov. 2, Marathon Public Library, Wausau Room, 200 N. First St. www.mcpl.us/about/locations Holmen: Wed., Nov.10, Holland Town Hall,W7937 County Rd MH www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/townoffholland/ For more information about AEAs or details on submitting a petition, contact AEA Program Manager Coreen Fallat at Coreen.Fallat@wisconsin.gov or (608) 224-4625.
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