§ 45-12. Requirements.
To secure County certification as qualifying farmland, a farm must:
Be participating in the farm present-use-value taxation program established by N.C.G.S.
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
farms that meet all the following:
Are best suited for providing food, seed, fiber, forage, timber and oil seed crops.
Have good soil qualities.
Are favorable for all major crops common to the County where the land is
Have a favorable growing season.
Receive the available moisture needed to produce high yields for an average of
out of 10 years.
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.
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.