Delaware Agricultural Districts

Overview

This dataset contains a spatial location of agricultural districts in the State of Delaware.  A district is a voluntary agreement to use land only for agricultural purposes for at least a ten year period.

Data Layer Description

Source

Thompson Mapping Systems

Location

Delaware

Scale: compiled at multiple scales

Description

This file contains the location of agricultural districts and expansion areas in the state of Delaware.  A district is a voluntary agreement to use land only for agricultural purposes for at least a ten year period. Land must yield a minimum farm income, satisfy a scoring system standard, and undergo a review and approval process. Almost any size farm anywhere in the state can qualify. There is no payment to the landowner for creating the district.

However, there are several benefits to landowners in an agricultural district. The unimproved land in the district is exempt from real estate transfer, county, and school taxes. There are significant protections against nuisance suits for land in the district. Landowners are permitted limited residential uses. Permitted agricultural used include but are not limited to: crop production, herd animal and poultry operations, horse operations, forest production, non-commercial hunting, trapping and fishing, and agricultural eco-tourism operations, as well as farm markets and roadside stands.

How to get the data layer

Download the layer here.

How you might make use of this data layer

This dataset is designed to focus protection efforts in Delaware.

How to get more information

Contact:

Barb Carrigan
Thompson Mapping Systems, Inc.
PO Box 151
Dover, DE 19903
(877)821-8023
(302)674-1800 ext. 2
www.smartmap.com
barb@smartmap.com

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