What is an agriculture classification?

The 1997 Legislature defined agricultural property as 10 acres actively farmed and products produced to be sold. The 10 acres can be tillable, pasture, or a combination of both.

Examples of Products Sold

  • Alfalfa
  • Christmas trees
  • Corn
  • Livestock
  • Nursery stock
  • Oats
  • Soybeans
  • Vegetables
  • Wheat

If 10 acres or more are enrolled in a government agricultural program, they may also qualify. Examples of programs are CRP and RIM.

Example of Activities That Do Not Qualify for the Agricultural Classification

  • Dog kennels
  • Land left idle
  • Pasturing of family pleasure horse
  • Selling firewood
  • Trees planted with no care or maintenance
  • Wild duck ponds

The Legislature intended the agricultural classification for farmers. Farmers annually put themselves at risk financially by investing in a crop they put in the ground or in livestock they raise to be sold later. The class was not intended for people who engage in agricultural activity as a hobby and not as their main source of family income.

For more information please contact the Assessor at 763-689-2752.

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