County established a policy to provide an annual $50,000 real property tax rebate for farmers who convert from conventional farming methods using pesticides to organic farming methods for up to five years. Farmer must follow the USDA’s “National Organic Program" and become certified organic by the end of year three.
Preamble refers to a purpose of promoting public health and safety of citizens and communities in the county.
Policy provides an incentive for farmers to convert to organic farming methods.
Preamble states that the policy is intended "to increase per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, [and] attract economic investment."
Preamble states: "It is the policy of Woodbury County to promote the economic vitality, and public health and safety of its rural communities. The 'Organics Conversion Policy' is intended to increase per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment, and promote the health and safety of its citizens and communities." (Page 1).
Provides steps to implement application process and development of Organics Board, as well as appeals process. (§ 2.0)
Participants will be liable for benefits received, plus legal rates of interest from the date of conversion if the violate USDA requirements (sec. 1.6).
Uncodified resolution: Woodbury County Policy for Rural Economic Revitalization "Organics Conversion Policy."