Survey asks La Crosse County to see future of farmland

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse County is asking people to weigh in on the future of farmland in a survey released Wednesday.

The survey, which can be found online, is part of the county’s Envision 2050 Comprehensive Plan and aims to get public input on the future of the rural areas of La Crosse County.

“It doesn’t matter where you live in La Crosse County, your input on the future of our farmland matters,” said La Crosse County Planner Charlie Handy. “Agriculture brings food to our table, protects the landscape that brings tourists to our county, and has a critical role to play in creating a sustainable future for all of us.”

The county’s Comprehensive Plan, with input from the public, can create a framework to balance the need for increased development against the goal of preserving farmland, and in particular smaller family farms, Handy said.

Agriculture remains a vital part of the local economy, with an estimated annual economic impact of $435 million, and room to grow, he said.

Land use policy, which can help to preserve farmland, is the most important part of the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Learn more about the planning process at