§ 137b.12. Agricultural use.

 Land that is in agricultural use is eligible for preferential assessment under the act if it has been producing an agricultural commodity or has been devoted to a soil conservation program under an agreement with the Federal government for at least 3 years preceding the application for preferential assessment, and is one of the following:

   (1)  Comprised of 10 or more contiguous acres (including any farmstead land and woodlot).

   (2)  Has an anticipated yearly gross income of at least $2,000 from the production of an agricultural commodity.

   (3)  Devoted to the development and operation of an alternative energy system, if a majority of the energy generated annually is utilized on the tract.

 Example 1: Landowner owns 50 acres of pasture upon which horses are kept. The horses are pastured, bred and sold. The land is in agricultural use.

 Example 2: Same facts as Example 1, except 20 acres are pasture land and 30 acres are wooded. Twenty acres of land are in agricultural use and 30 acres are in forest reserve.

 Example 3: Landowner owns 7 acres of pasture land upon which there is a small horse breeding operation from which there is at least $2,000 of anticipated yearly gross income. The land is in agricultural use.

 Example 4: Same facts as Example 3, except that horses are neither bred nor sold and there is at least $2,000 of anticipated yearly gross income from a horse boarding operation. The land is in agricultural use, since it is being used for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity.

 Example 5: Landowner owns 10 acres of land that is a combination of wooded and open space land from which tomatoes and sweet corn are produced for sale. The land is in agricultural use.

 Example 6: Landowner owns 10 acres of land that is a combination of wooded and open space land from which beef cattle are produced and sold. The land is in agricultural use.

 Example 7: Landowner owns a parcel of land that is used for the production of agricultural commodities. Landowner erects solar panels (or some other alternative energy system) on the land and a majority of the electricity generated by the alternative energy system is used on the land. The land is in agricultural use.

 Example 8: Landowner owns two separate parcels of land, Parcel A and Parcel B. These parcels are used for the production of agricultural commodities. They are enrolled under a single application for preferential assessment. Landowner erects solar panels (or some other alternative energy system) on Parcel A. The majority of the electricity generated by the alternative energy system on Parcel A is used by a large dairy operation on Parcel B. Both Parcel A and Parcel B are in agricultural use.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  137b.12 amended under section 11 of the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974 (72 P. S. §  5490.11).

Source

   The provisions of this §  137b.12 amended June 26, 2015, effective June 27, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 3311. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (276912).

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  137b.73d (relating to wind power generation systems).



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