Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Agricultural Districts
Bob Somers 518-457-3738

Agricultural Assessments

One of the most significant benefits of the Agricultural Districts Program is the opportunity for owners of farmland to receive reduced property tax bills for land in agricultural production by limiting the property tax assessment of such land to the value of their land for agricultural production, rather than its full development value. The thousands of farmers who receive agricultural assessments on agricultural properties collectively save an estimated $170 million annually, with this number steadily increasing.

The Land Classification System, including maintenance of the statewide master list of agricultural soils, provides the basic soils information needed to calculate agricultural assessments for individual farms. The Department works in conjunction with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to administer the agricultural assessments program.

General Information on Agricultural Assessments:

Soil Classification System Statistics: