Agricultural OR Wildlife Exemption: Which Option is Right for Your Needs?

Agricultural OR Wildlife Exemption? Which Option is Right for Your Needs?

Landowners in Texas have a variety of ways to take advantage of favorable 1-D-1 open spaces land appraisal. Two of the more popular options are agricultural (“AG”) and wildlife management exemptions. Both options help property owners stay on their property, but there are a few important similarities and differences that you should know before applying.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES?

  • Both are legitimate land uses requiring active management.

  • Property tax rates under both AG and Wildlife appraiser are identical; with taxes paid usually around $1-$2 per acre each year.

  • County appraisal districts (CADs) administer agriculture and wildlife appraisals and CADs often require proof of eligibility at regular intervals.

  • Income generation is a possibility with either form of valuation- livestock and/or crops may be sold and wildlife land may be leased for hunting/camping/nature tourism.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

AGRICULTURE EXEMPTION

  • Landowners must produce food or fiber to the level of intensity that is typical for the area. Appraisal districts determine livestock stocking rates and crop production minimums.

  • For properties with livestock, fencing and water troughs need to be maintained.

  • Ag uses may involve significant expenditures including fencing, supplemental feeding, veterinary services, livestock purchase, equipment, etc.

  • If the land does not have a form of 1-D-1 open spaces appraisal, landowners must devote the land to ag production for five years before applying.

WILDLIFE EXEMPTION

  • Landowners may have livestock or produce some type of crop on their property, but they are not required to do so.

  • With wildlife management, there are no fencing requirements. Land may have no fence, a standard livestock fence, or a high fence.

  • Budget to implement wildlife practices can be as low as a few hundred dollars per year. Property must have an agricultural valuation first. before it can be converted to wildlife.

  • Without livestock grazing, native grasses and wildflowers flourish, improving property aesthetics, wildlife values, and property enjoyment.

LEARN THE VALUE OF YOUR RANCH OR HOME AT LEGACY BROKER GROUP’S VALUATION TOOL.

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