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4th Land Use Leadership Tour Announced

In an effort to study successful efforts in preserving farmland, the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, in cooperation with Agricultural Preserve Boards of Michigan, have organized a number of trips to eastern states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania. These Land Use Leadership Tours include visits to communities and farms that have balanced the preservation of farmland with development pressures from urban areas. I, along with a number of other individuals from western Wisconsin, have taken part in these Land Use Leadership Tours. It was a great opportunity to see firsthand how farmland within hours of some of our largest cities has been preserved.

I'm excited that another tour has been planned for this year. It will take place from October 14-18 and the registration deadline is this Friday, August 21. The cost of the Tour is $1200, but scholarships may be available to offset the cost. For more information on the Tour, call 517-484-4928.