Active Farming program applications being taken
Siblings are a new addition this year to Active Farming.
The Active Farming homestead program is for property owners who do not live on their property but they or a qualified relative actively farm the land.
Here are important points for Stevens County property owners about the 2008 Active Farming program:
2008 new law for actively farming now includes siblings.
Applications will be available in the office on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.
Applicants need to call for an appointment so the Stevens County Assessor's Office can help them fill out the application. Call (320) 589-7407.
Individuals who received Active Farming in 2007 or have contacted the Assessor's office will receive letters in the mail informing them applications are available starting Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.
If they received Active Farming in 2007 and need to make a re-application for 2008, they need to bring from the Farm Service Agency a copy of their 156EZ.
If they are applying for Active Farming for the first time in 2008, they will need to bring a copy of the front page of their Schedule F income tax form; a copy of their 156EZ from the Farm Service Agency and Social Security numbers of the persons owning the land and farming the land.
Active Farming is for property owners who do not live on their property but they or a son or daughter or granddaughter or grandson or sibling farm the property.
Applications must be filled out in the Assessors's office by Aug. 18, 2008 or the property will be classified non-homestead for the 2008 assessment year taxes payable in 2009. No abatements for homestead will be granted if application is not filled out.
Active farming applications must be completed every year.
To qualify for Active Farming, the owner and the relative farming the land must be: Minnesota residents; Live within four townships of the property; Land must be 40 acres in size and not enrolled in easement programs.(CRP, CREP, WRP, RIM or other programs).