The requirements to qualify for this program are:
MUST be at least 5 acres
MUST have been in production for AT LEAST 5 years
MUST be "for profit" - farmers MAY cut crops to feed their own animals that are for profit
MUST supply proof of sales
MUST pay application fee for each parcel
Each owner MUST sign each renewal, unless there is a signed affidavit that allows someone to sign on behalf
MUST be in production of a crop or animal
MUST apply 60 days BEFORE the year that the deferral is sought
Cannot be delinquent on tax payments or will be removed from the program.
Roll back taxes are possible on land that is removed from the program.
The deferral reduces qualifying acreage to $520/ac for each qualifying acre.
Virginia Code section 58.1-3229 through 58.1-3244, The State Land Evaluation Advisory Council (SLEAC) & the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services establish all of the guidelines that are to be followed and met.