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Important Dates to Remember for the Iowa Ag Adjustment Rule

by Ryan on April 18, 2014

Iowa has seen many changes in 2013 for Agricultural Assessment procedures.  The official name of the new changes is the “Executive Order 80 Agricultural Adjustment Rule.” The rule was introduced in response to every county in Iowa not assessing agriculture property the same exact way.  The perception was a lack of consistency, if a property owner had different assessed properties in different counties. The Department of Revenue, led by Julie Roisen, organized several committee meetings which were represented by many organizations - ranging from county employees, farmers, lobbyists, and software companies. Now that the rule has been officially implemented, there are some dates to remember to be in full compliance.
 
Important Dates:
 
2017: Your County Must Have Full Implementation of the Rule.
 
Between 2014 through 2017, if your county does not create the “Non-Crop” layer, property owners have the option to fill out an interim application form. If Schneider Geospatial has built your “Non-Crop” layer, you will not have to worry about the interim process. 
 
2019:  Hardship Extension
 
Your county has the option to apply for a hardship extension, if you feel you need more time to get the “Non-Crop” layer built. This is usually only for counties that do not currently have GIS.
 
To comply with the rule, is very simple. If you have GIS, you need to have a “Parcel” layer, a “Non-Crop” land use layer, the “Soils” layer from the NRCS and calculation software. In helping out with this rule change, Schneider Geospatial has built land use layers for 33 counties in Iowa, to date.  Schneider Geospatial has many years’ experience of building similar layers in multiple states across the Midwest. Schneider Geospatial’s software developers sat in on every committee meeting to get ready for the rule changes. Also, Schneider Geospatial’s Agland™ software is already fully compliant with the new rule. Schneider Geospatial’s Agland™ has been assisting counties in Iowa for almost 20 years in assessing ag value.