2002
GUIDELINES FOR AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS
  LIBERTY COUNTY, FLORIDA

Application for Agricultural Assessment must be made between January 1 and March 1.

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AGRICULTURE CLASSIFICATION FORM

While an agricultural operation must operate with the expectation of profit, it does not have to be operated at a profit every year to be bona fide.  Evidence of income that the property is producing along with care given and management practices are all relevant.  Management practices implemented to initiate or maintain an agricultural enterprise are crucial in determining whether agricultural assessment will be granted.

FACTUAL DETERMINATIONS TO CONSIDER

1. Is the property located in a rural area?
2. Has the operation of this agricultural enterprise been continuous?
3. Is there evidence to establish a bona fide effort by the property owner to sufficiently and adequately care for the land in a commercial, agricultural manner?
4. Has there been a true effort to have the property contribute to the agricultural economy of the county on either a short or long-term basis proportionate to the size of the property?
5. Minimum acres, minimum operations levels, and land rentals for various agricultural operations in Liberty County are used in setting guidelines for making these determinations.
 
 

PASTURE ? LIVESTOCK  *Minimum Acres
  10 Cows ? Breeding Age Females or Equivalent Animal Units  20
  30 Goats or Sheep ? Breeding Age Females or Equivalent Animal Units  5
  Horse Farm ? 3 Registered Brood Mares in Production Annually  10
  Hay Production  10
  10 Hogs- 2 Breeding Age Sows  Individual basis

ROW CROPS
 
  Corn,Vegetables, Peanuts, Tobacco  10

TIMBER
  Planted Pines  Planting Rate 600/ Acre  10
  Christmas Trees  Planting Rate 1100/ Acre  5
  Tree Farm ? Field Nursery  Planting Rate 1000/ Acre  5

ORCHARD
  Apples, Peaches, Pecans  Planting Rate  100/ Acre  10
  Chestnuts, Persimmons  Planting Rate  100/ Acre  5
 

SPECIALTY CROPS
  Blueberries,  Grapes  2
  Blackberries,  Strawberries  1
  Green House ? Nursery  Individual Basis
  Feed Lot  Individual Basis

* Minimum Acres specifies the smallest viable commercial unit size and stocking rates.
If the property is leased to others, a copy of the lease should accompany your application.