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Guidelines for Agricultural Operations, 2000

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

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.


  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 Jefferson 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 10
Horse Farm – 3 Registered Brood Mares in Production Annually 10
Hay Production 10
10 Breeding Age Sows 10
Row Crops
Corn, Grain Sorghum, Soybeans, Sunflowers 20
Vegetables, Peanuts, Tobacco 10
Planted Pines – Planting Rate 600/ Acre 10
Christmas Trees – Planting Rate 1100/ Acre 5
Tree Farm – Field Nursery Planting Rate 1000/ Acre 5
Apples, Peaches, Pecans 10
Chestnuts, Persimmons: Planting Rate – Chestnuts 100/ Ac Persimmons 140/ Ac 5
Specialty Crops
Blueberries, Grapes 2
Blackberries, Strawberries 1
Green House – Nursery – Considered on individual basis varies
Feed Lot – Considered on individual basis varies
  • Minimum Acres specifies the smallest viable commercial unit size and stocking rates. As acreage increases, utilization and stocking will proportionately increase also.
  • For information, contact Angela Gray, Property Appraiser or his staff, at  997-3356

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