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Conservation Agriculture Opportunities

All Commodity Crops, Haying and Grazing

Do you need land to rent for your farming operation? Do you want to help manage the critical public land resources in Wisconsin? You can!

Row crop, haying, and grazing agreements with the DNR are an excellent way for you to expand your land base and assist the DNR with managing our public land.

Please note: Conservation Farming Opportunities will be posted shortly for the 2024 Cropping, Haying, and Grazing Seasons.

All farming, including livestock grazing, on state lands must comply with all applicable agricultural performance standards and prohibitions in the most current version of NR 151. Some applicable standards include sheet, rill and wind erosion, tillage setbacks, phosphorous index, nutrient management, and manure management prohibitions.

For farmland in Silurian bedrock, cooperators must comply with NR 151.075. Silurian bedrock means the area in Wisconsin where the bedrock consists of Silurian dolomite with a depth to bedrock of 20 feet or less. This area comprises portions of the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.

Cooperators should consult their local NRCS or county land conservation office for guidance and assistance with developing soil conservation and nutrient management plans.