Future of WI Working Lands
The Food, Land & Water Project consists of four Workgroups to cover four distinct topics: polluted surface water, groundwater quality, groundwater quantity, and the future of Wisconsin working lands. The Working Lands Workgroup is considering the future of Wisconsin’s working lands, primarily agricultural land. This Workgroup is examining key land use trends and conflicts that will affect working lands in the years ahead and will work toward strategic consensus. Four Workgroup meetings were held, with concluding ideas, goals, and recommedations for action presented at the Food, Land & Water Conference on October 16 and 17, 2017. Below are documents related to the ongoing Working Lands Workgroup progress:
- Working Lands Workgroup Charter
- Workgroup Meeting #1 (August 23, 2016) Agenda and Minutes
- Workgroup Meeting #2 (November 10, 2016) Agenda, Presentation (Farmland Trends and Farmland Preservation Program), and Minutes
- Working Lands Workgroup Interim Report to the Steering Committee (January 10, 2017) and Steering Committee Feedback Memorandum (February 2, 2017)
- Workgroup Meeting #3 (February 21, 2017) Agenda and Presentation (Agricultural Land, Farms, and Other Statistics)
- Workgroup Meeting #4 (June 15, 2017) - Final meeting before the conference - Agenda and Minutes
- Background Documents:
- Wisconsin's Working Lands Initiative, August 17, 2006, Report from the Steering Committee
- What is Sustainable Agriculture? by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
- Definition of Sustainable Agriculture (U.S. Code Title 7, Section 3103)
- USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service WI Field Office provides agricultural statistics data by county.
- Wisconsin State Farmer, February 20, 2017, Wisconsin Briefs - Number of WI farms continues to fall.