The 2011 WI Act 32, the Biennial Budget Bill, eliminated the collection of a Conversion Fee when land is rezoned out of a certified farmland preservation zoning district. A copy of 2011 WI Act 32, can be found at the following link:

The “Working Lands Initiative” (WLI) became effective January 1, 2010. This initiative's intent is to revitalize farmland preservation, create a new purchase of development rights program (called PACE), require updated county farmland preservation plans, and more. ​

Visit the state's Dept of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for more information regarding this important change to state law. 

Gathering Waters Conservancy also has a web site dedicated to the Campaign for Wisconsin's Farm and Forest Lands
​Go to for a great resource regarding the Working Lands Initiative

In February 2010, DCTA planning consultant Renee Lauber met with officials in the Town of Primrose to talk about the Working Lands Initiative. Questions were raised which were referred to Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Program & Policy Analyst Alison Volk. Her responses to these questions can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Some of those questions were referred to Todd Violante with Dane County Planning and development. His responses can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Working Lands Initiative