Title: Agriculturally classified small farm land use systems in Levy County, Florida
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Title: Agriculturally classified small farm land use systems in Levy County, Florida
Series Title: Agriculturally classified small farm land use systems in Levy County, Florida.
Physical Description: 1 v. (various pagings) : maps ; 28 cm. +
Language: English
Creator: Hildebrand, Peter E
Giesy, Russell G
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville Fla
Publication Date: 1994
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Subject: Agricultural extension work -- Florida -- Levy County   ( lcsh )
Farms, Small -- Florida -- Levy County   ( lcsh )
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
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General Note: "March 1994."
General Note: Research was conducted by research teams from the University of Florida course "Farming Systems Research and Extension".
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080613
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 162192379

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UNIVERSITY OF LAKE COUNTY

FLORIDA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COOPERATE I VE EXTENDS ION SERVICE

30205 State Road 19 Phone: 904-343-4101
Tavares, Fl. 32778-4204 Fax: 904-343-2767


MEMO

Date: January 13, 1994

To: Dr. John Holt, Extension Economist
Anthony Drew, Ag. ~ent III

From: Russ Giesy, /
Lake County E te sion Director

Re: Ag. Exemption (classification)

I don't know how John can detect what issues are on my mind. However, he once
again has guessed my thoughts. The issue of Ag. Exemption (classification) has
been tossed about in my otherwise empty attic.

Attached is a copy of a memo that I used to address same issues that I lumped
together for possible consideration by our Board of County Comnissioners.

I would welcome an opportunity to make same progress in educating agents so that
we can better educate concerned citizens. Anthony's outline looks as if there
has been time and thought expended, it is a good beginning.

One aspect I've often wondered about is flexibility of County Property
Appraisers. I have heard of Ag. Classifications having been given to land owners
based on a projected plan that may take several years to implement. Other times,
I've heard that 9.9 acres is not enough land to qualify, given a requirement of
10 acres. Yet, a 6 acre nursery can possibly generate revenues in 6 figures.

Another, issue is that of attempting an economically viable enterprise. I think
Ag. Exemptions are often awarded to landowners with a couple of horses on 10
acres. These have no intention of attempting to generate any revenues. They
probably are perceived to be aesthetically and environmentally pleasing to their
owners, neighbors and society in general.




The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer
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function without regard to race, color, sex, age handicap or national origin.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS, STATE OF FLORIDA, IFAS, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND BOARDS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COOPERATING.








UNIVERSITY OF LAKE COUNTY
FLORIDA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COOPERAT rIVE EXT ~TESION SERVICE

30205 State Road 19 Phone: 904-343-4101
Tavares, Fl. 32778-4204 Fax: 904-343-2767


MEMO

Date: November 24, 1993

To: Commissioner Hanson

From: Russ Giesy,
Lake County Extension Director

Re: Ranchettes in Lake County


I applaud the BCC decision in yesterdays case of the Gresson vs
Colvin in regard to granting a conditional use permit to Gresson.
I had been made aware of that case since Colvin had called me,
seeking information to substantiate his argument.

I feel that there is potential for many more similar case
discussions upcoming if my analysis of Lake County's future is
correct. If a major use of vacant citrus lands is development of
ranchettes, then this type of activity (neighborhood disagreements)
is likely to become much more common. I would think that the BCC
has more important ways to spend its limited time.

I suggest that a study be made (by a BCC workshop or specialized
committee) of
(1) the possible impact of ranchette development,
economic, environmental and esthetics impacts
(2) the needs of ranchette owners (and their costs)
(3) methods that the county might employ to facilitate
ranchette development

I think that the BCC has already initiated the important first
steps toward this type of development via the Comp Plan and LDR's.
However, I think that further proactive efforts would help set
forth a course of events that could gain recognition for Lake
County as being extremely receptive and in fact encouraging of
ranchette development.


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer
authorized to provide research, educational information and other services to individuals and institutions that
function without regard to race, color, sex, age handicap or national origin.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS, STATE OF FLORIDA, IFAS, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND BOARDS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COOPERATING.









Some concerns that I feel need to be addressed proactively are:

Educational information
We are already responding to about 5 requests per week for
information to help new or potential ranchette owners plan
plantings of pasture, construction of fences, horse barns or other
buildings, etc. I can visualize a future need for an Extension
"Master Rancher" volunteer program. I can also foresee Saturday
Extension office hours and meetings for ranchette owners.


ommlIner a y feels that Extension should provide assistance
to ranchette owners in gaining agricultural classification status.
However, helping those people to "maneuver" themselves into
agricultural classifications to avoid property taxes is beyond our
charge, in my opinion. I feel that needed is a hybrid
classification between the regular and agricultural classifications
that reflects a use of the land that is agricultural by nature but
not intensively, commercially managed by intent.

Right to farm
I know that Florida has in place a Right-to-Farm Law. However,
there seems to be increasing numbers of challenges to farmers by
neighbors who attempt to prove that a nuisance infringement on
their landowner rights has occurred. I suggest that the county
reaffirm the desire for agricultural activity, determine that
development of ranchettes is an objective of the county (and
develop procedures to help potential ranchette owners) and in the
process, develop some standards such as maximal density of animal
or bird populations that hopefully would lessen future problems.

Regulation
Zoning, permitting and monitoring of ranchette agricultural
pursuits should not restrict the enthusiasm of people in regard to
developing ranchettes. I talked to one landowner recently that had
wanted to keep some beef cattle but had only one reason for not
pasturing cattle on his ranchette. He had received a "run around"
while trying to get a permit to dig a small pond to provide water
to the cattle. He said he spent two years trying, then gave up.

USDA support
ASCS, SCS and FmHA have programs that have cost sharing or reduced
cost opportunities for agricultural land owners. Should we be
encouraging ranchette owners to apply for these programs? The USDA
resources will be diluted, perhaps causing reduced support for
commercial farmers.


I would be glad to discuss these and other issues with you. I fear
that the Ag. Committee would not be willing to discuss these
issues, so I am unsure how to proceed. I do not feel that I am
overemphasising the need for planning further ranchette
developments, although that is a possibility.


I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.




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