Does Your Property Qualify for an Agricultural Classification?
For your property to be classified as agricultural, you must show that your property is being used in good faith for commercial agricultural activities. Pursuant to the Florida Statutes 193.461, the following are general guidelines established for determining bona fide commercial agricultural use by property size and type of agricultural use. If your property meets the criteria, your property will be considered for classification as agricultural.
OKALOOSA COUNTY GUIDELINES FOR AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATION
Application must be made between January 1 and March 1
In determining whether the use of the land for agriculture purposes is bona fide, the following factors may be taken into consideration:
1. Whether the operation has been continuous.
2. Whether evidence establishes a bona fide effort by the property owner to sufficiently and adequately care for the land in a commercial agricultural manner.
3. Whether there has been any true effort to have property contribute to the agricultural economy of the county on either a short or long term basis, proportionate to the size of the property.
4. Must meet the minimum acreage and stocking rates for various agricultural operations in Okaloosa County.
5. Agricultural operations must file a ''Tangible Personal Property'' return on all equipment that is involved in the farming operation by April 1 of each year.
6. Minimum acres, specifies the smallest viable commercial unit size and stocking rate
10-cows, breeding age females or equivalent
30-goats, sheep or hogs breeding age females or equivalent
Horse Farm: 3 registered brood mares in production annually
Corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, cotton & etc.
Vegetables & peanuts
Planted pines initial planting rate 450/ac
Christmas trees planting rate 900/ac
Tree Farm-Field Nursery planting rate 900/ac
Strawberries, blueberries & blackberries
Citrus, apples, pears, peaches & persimmons
(Tree Spacing & number of trees per acre requirements)
Fish Farms, poultry
The Property Appraiser may deny the request for agricultural classification if lands are not being used for or have been diverted from agricultural use.
1. Must be operated in such a manner as to reasonably expect to make a return on investment.
2. Livestock, bred and raised, must be for commercial agricultural. Stables must raise and sell horses. Riding and boarding are not regarded as bona fide commercial agricultural operations.
3. Actual use on January 1st , not the ''expected use''.
4. There should be no deed restrictions that would prohibit commercial agricultural use.
1. A management plan should be implemented and a copy of the plan should be in the Property Appraiser's file.
2. Timber operations that have been clear-cut should notify this office at the time of harvest. Acreage must be replanted by the end of third year.
3. Merchantability of the timber will be considered as well as other sufficient management plans implementing such measures as fire lanes, under brushing, reforesting, etc.
An indicated effort was made to maintain and care sufficiently and adequately for this type of land, i.e., fertilizing, liming, mowing, fencing, etc.
Crops must be marketed commercially. Production of crops for your own use does not qualify the parcel of land for agricultural classification, i.e., gardens.
1. Nurseries should have a state agricultural certificate and occupational license.
2. Only areas actually used for the nursery and service area shall be classified.
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