Agricultural Districts play a vital role in protecting agricultural land in Madison County. Since 1974, 13 districts have been officially designated by the Madison County Board of Supervisors and are regularly reviewed by the Madison County Farmland Protection Board.
Agricultural Districts encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural production. The Program is based on a combination of landowner incentives and protections, all of which are designed to forestall the conversion of farmland to non-agricultural uses.
October has been designated as Madison County's "open enrollment" period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district. Please contact Madison County Planning Department by calling 366-2376 and ask for a Survey Form.
Each Survey Form asks for the Tax parcel ID number and acreage of the property. A description of the land must be included with the request. All requests for inclusion into an Agricultural District must be postmarked by Saturday Oct. 31.
The legal criteria for an addition requires that the land be highly suitable for agricultural production, and that there be evidence of ongoing, genuine farm activities such as annual gross farm sales, recent capital farm investment, and evidence of it being a working farm operation.