ELLSWORTH -- The County Board has given the go-ahead to submit an application for Pierce County to host Wisconsin's 2010 Farm Technology Days.

Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart and County Board Chairman Paul Barkla will begin drafting the application, which is due April 11.

The event, formerly known as Farm Progress Days, is an annual three-day outdoor event that draws over 600 exhibitors and thousands of visitors. It was first held in 1954.

Green County will host the event in September 2007; Brown County will host in it 2008; and Dodge County will be the 2009 host.

Pierce County has never hosted the exposition.

If Pierce County is chosen as the host site, it must provide $20,000 in operating capital in 2008. That amount should be repaid at the end of Farm Technology days.

The county must also agree to provide $24,500 in 2009 to pay for a temporary marketing coordinator and secretarial services prior to, during and after the three-day event.


In other business last week, the County Board granted a request from Joseph J. Traynor Jr. and Lynette F. Traynor to rezone 200.75 acres in the town of Salem from Exclusive Agriculture to General Rural and 36.25 acres from Exclusive Agriculture to Primary Agriculture.

According to the staff report, the Traynors plan to keep the farm rented, raise beef cattle and build a new home in the wooded area near his parents' house. The 80 acres with farm buildings on the north side of the property will be sold to the Traynors' son.

The sale of the Traynors' existing house would require a parcel size of less than five acres under Exclusive Agriculture restrictions, but they hope to sell the house, outbuildings and enough land to create a small farm. That would be possible under General Rural or Primary Agriculture zoning.

Staff also advised that although the Traynors plan to continue farming the land, the rezoning "provides a significant increase in the residential density potential" for the property.