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#6289999 - 05/06/16 06:31 PM Ag exempt questions
sburrow Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 49
Loc: Fort worth TX, Bastrop Tx
Have 50 acres with 2acre pond. Taxes past years were not bad....now it's a stupid amount of money.

So any ideas or advice????

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#6290010 - 05/06/16 06:41 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Contact a cow man and lease to him. Now.
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#6290128 - 05/06/16 08:15 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
munoz Offline
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Find out what animals and how many you would need to qualify for a ag excemption. I also got a neighbor to write a letter saying that I have cows on my property and I was granted the ag excemption that same year. Or lease to someone.

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#6290185 - 05/06/16 09:11 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: munoz]
MR2Reef Offline
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Registered: 11/09/10
Posts: 85
Loc: Allen, TX
Originally Posted By: munoz
Find out what animals and how many you would need to qualify for a ag excemption. I also got a neighbor to write a letter saying that I have cows on my property and I was granted the ag excemption that same year. Or lease to someone.


Did the neighbor's letter explicitly say you have cows for a certain number of years?

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#6290201 - 05/06/16 09:30 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
munoz Offline
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No, just said that the entire property was for AG use. My taxes went from 1200/ yr. To 48/ yr.

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#6291099 - 05/07/16 10:32 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
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Loc: Fort Worth - Hunt in Eastland ...
That's not normal at all. Normal is that you have to prove that you have been using the land for AG purpose for 5 years before you can get an AG exemption.
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#6291724 - 05/08/16 07:32 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: Mr. T.]
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Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Where is your land located?
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#6292145 - 05/09/16 09:05 AM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
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Yeah, depending on county, it typically takes 5 years of continued Ag use starting the year you apply for it to qualify. You may be in for about 5 years of high taxes if your county is anything like mine.

Ours actually recently started challenging people that were basically doing the minimum and claiming "Ag use" on recreational places. They went out to mine a couple of times in the last time to verify we were actually cutting hay, keeping it up, etc.

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#6293695 - 05/10/16 12:38 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 29
Loc: TX
Most of the time it is 5 of the last 7 years for ag. See if your neighbors will run their cows on the place from time to time. Have them draw up a simple lease. You can find one on the Texas and Southwest cattle raisers association web site. Some counties send out an inspector to verify ag use. It helps if their are cow patties in the pasture.

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#6293719 - 05/10/16 12:51 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Bee keeping.... look into it

or get some goats
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#6293845 - 05/10/16 02:21 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
Mr. T. Offline
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Bee keeping is only good for land from 5-20 acres according to Texas Ag department. Plus you would have to prove that the land was AG already for the last 5 years.
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#6293918 - 05/10/16 03:01 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
Navasot Offline
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Hmmm never herd of that... I know a fella with 200acres doing it... but hes got cattle too..
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#6293922 - 05/10/16 03:04 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
newulmboy Offline
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Registered: 03/20/12
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Loc: New Ulm, TX
Originally Posted By: sburrow
Have 50 acres with 2acre pond. Taxes past years were not bad....now it's a stupid amount of money.

So any ideas or advice????




We need more info:

Did you recently purchase the property? No, how long have you owned it? Do / Did you have livestock present? Was it Ag exempt or Wildlife exempt?


Edited by newulmboy (05/10/16 03:17 PM)

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#6293926 - 05/10/16 03:06 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: munoz]
newulmboy Offline
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Registered: 03/20/12
Posts: 814
Loc: New Ulm, TX
Originally Posted By: munoz
No, just said that the entire property was for AG use. My taxes went from 1200/ yr. To 48/ yr.


Consider yourself extremely lucky sir. I had to pay high taxes for four years before my property qualified for the Ag valuation. Usually takes 5 years, so I consider myself lucky.

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#6295217 - 05/11/16 01:18 PM Re: Ag exempt questions [Re: sburrow]
sburrow Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 49
Loc: Fort worth TX, Bastrop Tx
It's in Bastrop county and owned for 12 years. Looked at the bee idea but y'all are right it's max was 20 acres.
We will check the cattle association and see.

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