Economic Impact of Agriculture in Sauk County
Agriculture in Sauk County generates thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity while contributing to local income and tax revenues. Sauk County has always had a strong agricultural background and roots. 95% of farms in Sauk County are family farms. To learn more about the economic impact, check out the Sauk County Impact Report. To learn about how agriculture contributed as a whole to Wisconsin, visit the UW Center for Community & Economic Development site to the Contribution of Agriculture to the Wisconsin Economy report.
Farm Bill 2018
The 2018 Farm Bill provides support, certainty, and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and forest managers by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. To help, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up a Farmer’s Guide to the Bill to describe assistance to farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners available through the Farm Bill. You can also contact your local USDA- Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for more on participating programs available.
ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage-County) & PLC (Private Loss Coverage) Decision Resources
This page assembles a variety of resources to help farmers (and those working with farmers) make their decisions regarding signup for the commodity support programs ARC and PLC. The materials have a Wisconsin focus, but are not exclusively for Wisconsin, as the programs are national in scope. You can also learn more about the programs at the USDA FSA ARC/PLC page.
As you work on negotiating your rental rates here is a short summary of cash rental rates in Sauk County, the Agricultural District that Sauk County is in, and the State averages. These rates are the averages for 2019 according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Quick Stats. You can find more details on their website here: https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/. These rents are measured in $/acre for the 2019 averages.
Absentee Landowner Workshop
Resources from the 2021 Absentee Landowner Workshops:
- Protecting Soil & Water Resources Powerpoint Presentation
- Breaking Down the Pieces of Your Leases Powerpoint Presentation
- An Introduction to NRCS Powerpoint Presentation
- Connection Between Land & Water Powerpoint Presentation
- Sauk County Land Resources & Environment Department Powerpoint Presentation
- Sauk FSA Landowner Powerpoint Presentation
- Understanding Your Farmlands Value by Understanding Your Soils Value Powerpoint Presentation
- Sauk County Absentee Landowners Powerpoint Presentation
- Webinar Resource List 2021
- 5 Questions To Ask About Soil Health
- Cover Crops in WI- March 2017
- Example Fixed and Flexible Cash Rental Agreement
- Lease Brochure
- Nutrient Management Brochure
- Planning Your Rural Property
- Principles for High Functioning Soil
- Soil Health Growers Checklist
Ag Community Groups
Farmer Angel Network (FAN) & Farm Stress
The Farmer Angel Network is a grassroots organization that builds strong rural communities that support agriculture by providing education, resources, and fellowship with a focus on mental health. They are a coalition working towards education on how to manage farm stress, how to support your neighbors and farmers, and advocacy for the farming community. Learn more about upcoming programs and how to join the Farmer Angel Network Facebook page.
If you or someone you know are experiencing chronic stress that is impacting your mental and physical well-being, relationships, and decision making, there are resources for you. Visit the Resilient Farms, Families, Business & Communities webpage for more resources. There is a Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Program through the USDA website and a 24/7 hotline at 1-888-901-2558. They also have a lot of great resources at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/FarmCenterOverview.aspx.
Sauk Soil & Water Improvement Group (SSWIG)
Sauk Soil & Water Improvement Group is a community of farmers and partners that share a common goal of improving our soil and water quality through soil health and other conservation practices. Learn more by checking out their Facebook page.
Producers of the Lake Redstone Watershed
The Producers of the Lake Redstone Watershed are working towards the goal of improving the water quality and soil health within the watershed. Our unique producer-led group is using on farm research to improve conservation in and out of the watershed. Learn more by visiting their Facebook page.
You can also find out more about watersheds in and near Sauk County at the UW Discovery Farm website.
Sauk County Farm Connect Guide
Sauk County Farm Connect Guide aims to tie together agriculture and tourism through an annual publication that features local Sauk County producers. Enjoy our rich heritage of diverse farms, classic barns, silos and windmills, and the exceptional beauty of our rural countryside. This publication is available in print format at well. Please contact the Extension Sauk County office at 608-355-3250 if you would like a copy or if you would like to be featured in future Sauk County Farm Connect Guides.
For more information please contact:
Phone: (608) 355-3250
Cell: (608) 477-3945