This publication is intended as a general guide. For additional details reference Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 701-226: Agricultural Rules.
"Production of Agricultural Products" Begins With:
- Cultivation of land previously cleared for planting crops; or
- The purchase or breeding of livestock or domesticated fowl.
"Production of Agricultural Products" Ceases When:
- An agricultural product has been transported to the point where it will be sold by the farmer or processed for further use.
"Agricultural production" includes the following:
- The raising of crops or livestock for market on an acreage
- Raising of flowering, ornamental, or vegetable plants in commercial greenhouses or elsewhere for sale in the ordinary course of business
- Raising catfish
- Feedlot operations, whether or not crops to feed the livestock are grown on the property or if the livestock are owned by feedlot operators
- Operations that grow and raise seed for sale to nurseries, ranches, orchards, and dairies.
Examples of activities that are not "agricultural production":
- Production of Christmas trees
- Raising mink and other nondomesticated furbearing animals
- Raising nondomesticated fowl (other than ostriches, rheas, and emus)
- Land placed in the federal government’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
- Clearing or preparation of previously uncultivated land
- Creation of farm ponds
- Construction of machine sheds, confinement facilities, storage bins, or other farm buildings