Gifts versus Inheritances – Is there a difference?

Is there a difference between Gifting and Inheriting land? Click here to find out. [Read more…]

USDA Seeks Public Comments

USDA Seeks Public Comments on Conservation Practice Standards

March 11, 2019, WASHINGTON – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today it is seeking public input on its existing national conservation practice standards as part of implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. NRCS offers 150-plus conservation practices to America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them meet their business and natural resource needs on their working lands.

“With the help of NRCS, agricultural producers across the country are taking voluntary steps to improve their operations while benefiting natural resources,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. “As part of our process of implementing the 2018 Farm Bill, we are asking agricultural producers, conservation partners and others to provide feedback on our practice standards in an effort to refine and enhance them.”

NRCS is requesting public comments on how to improve conservation practice standards that support programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program, which help producers cover part of the costs for implementing these practices. The comment period ends April 25, 2019. More information can be found in the Federal Register. offsite link image    

These standards provide guidelines for planning, designing, installing, operating and maintaining conservation practices. [Read more…]

Apply for Available Federal Funding for Conservation Practices

NRCS Announces Second EQIP Signup for 2019 Funding, APPLY BY May 17, 2019

Providing Conservation Practices to Protect Natural Resources

Madison, Wis. – February 25, 2019 – Farmers and forest landowners can apply now for a second round of USDA conservation funding. Angela Biggs, USDA−Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Wisconsin, announced farmers and forest landowners interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to APPLY BY MAY 17, 2019, for funding in 2019. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers      in Wisconsin for select special initiatives. Don’t delay; contact your local USDA Service Center NOW to get started.

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Public Input wanted on Updated Wetland Determination Guidance

USDA Continues to Seek Public Input on its Updated Wetland Determination Guidance

Public comment period for wetland conservation compliance rule open through February 5

Jan. 18, 2019, WASHINGTON – Farmers are reminded that updated guidelines for wetland determinations are posted and available for public input. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind the public that the 60-day comment period for the updated guidance is open through February 5. This opportunity to comment is not impacted by the lapse in appropriations. Those interested in participating are encouraged to review and comment on the interim final rule on the Federal Register offsite link image    .

Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: [Read more…]

Geary Searfoss

Share the Passion… for Your Woodlands

By Abby Krause & Geary Searfoss

Geary at a Plantation.

Sudden may be a good word to describe how Geary Searfoss and his wife, Kay, acquired their second piece of property.

The two were not unfamiliar with buying woodlands; they already owned 32-acres in Dunn County. They bought that property shortly after they were married, even before they owned a house, since having a piece of land to call theirs was so important to them.

However, buying their second woodland took a slightly different route than the traditional buyer-seller arrangement.

It started when Geary was looking at tax forfeited properties in Sawyer County. Many of the properties he had been viewing possessed little to no timber value. He was ready to head home when a piece of landlocked woods only legally accessible by river caught his eye. Closer inspection revealed impressive glacial features including eskers, erratics, and a bubbling, cold water stream. Geary fell in love with the property so much that he rushed to the county offices before they closed to put in a bid, as they were due that afternoon. [Read more…]

40 Years of Serving Wisconsin Landowners

WWOA looks forward to 2019, marking 40 years of serving Wisconsin Landowners!    [Read more…]