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Yes. Farms that are being commercially farmed may benefit from reduced property taxes that are based on the current use as agriculture instead of highest and best use. To be eligible, the landowner must meet certain criteria as specified in Washington State rules and code: RCW 84.34 and WAC 458.30. The SJC Assessor oversees compliance with the program. More information on property tax programs is available at www.sanjuanco.com/assessor, or contact the San Juan County Assessor at 360-378-2172.
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There are two organizations in San Juan County whose mission includes protection of farmland. For more information about the criteria, benefits and opportunities, visit their websites or contact them directly.
Yes, the county has adopted certain regulations that determine allowable uses on land designated for agricultural use. To find out more, contact San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department at 360-378-2354.
The Conservation District is your source of information for different approaches to farm management. Contact the Resource Planners at 360-378-6621 or contact Bruce Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danna Kinsey at email@example.com.
The San Juan County Conservation District can help you prepare a farm plan. Check their website to see a template of the elements of a farm plan. Contact Bruce Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danna Kinsey at email@example.com or call 360-378-6621.
There are many opportunities to purchase local far products, including Farmers' Markets, farm stands and at certain restaurants and businesses that source local foods. To find out more got to Island Grown.