§ 45-12. Requirements. 
To secure County certification as qualifying farmland, a farm must:  
A.
Be participating in the farm present-use-value taxation program established by N.C.G.S.
B.
Be certified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States  
Department of Agriculture as being a farm on which at least 2/3 of the land is composed 
of soils that have been actively used in agricultural, horticultural or forestry operations as 
defined in N.C.G.S. 105-277.2, (1), (2) or (3), during each of the 5 previous years or are 
farms that meet all the following:
(1)
Are best suited for providing food, seed, fiber, forage, timber and oil seed crops.  
(2)
Have good soil qualities.  
(3)
Are favorable for all major crops common to the County where the land is 
located.  
(4)
Have a favorable growing season.  
(5)
Receive the available moisture needed to produce high yields for an average of 
8
out of 10 years.    
C.
Be managed, if highly erodible land exists on the farm, in accordance with Natural 
Resources Conservation Service defined erosion-control practices that are addressed to 
said highly erodible land. 
D.
Be the subject of a preservation agreement, as defined in N.C.G.S. 121-35, between the 
County and the owner of such land that prohibits nonfarm use or development of such 
land for a period of at least 10 years, except for the creation of not more than 3 lots 
that meet applicable County zoning and subdivision regulations.