Agricultural operations may have adverse impacts on both land and water. To reduce these potential impacts, agricultural operations are required to meet county and statewide standards and prohibitions. Agricultural Performance Standards and Manure Management Chapter 49 (PDF), Dane County Code of Ordinances, incorporates the statewide performance standards and prohibitions addressing soil erosion and water quality concerns from all cropland and livestock operations in Dane County with a goal of protecting public health and safety as well as plant, animal, and aquatic life.
Agricultural conservation practices may be necessary to aid landowners and producers in meeting the performance standards and prohibitions. In some cases, cost-share funding may be available to assist with costs associated to implement conservation practices. Staff are available to provide planning assistance, technical services, and evaluate funding opportunities for landowners and producers looking to install conservation practices.
The items listed below are a summary of the standards and prohibitions listed in the ordinance. For more information, see Chapter 49 (PDF), Dane County Code of Ordinances.
No unlimited livestock access to waters of the state in locations where high concentrations of animals prevent the maintenance of adequate or self-sustaining vegetative cover.