This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 8:25 PM by pflowers.




Chief Sponsor: Joel Ferry

Senate Sponsor: Daniel Hemmert


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution honors the enactment and effect of Utah's Farmland
11     Assessment Act of 1969.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This resolution:
14          ▸     discusses the enactment of the Farmland Assessment Act of 1969;
15          ▸     addresses issues raised by valuation of farmland;
16          ▸     highlights the importance of agriculture to Utah;
17          ▸     discusses 50 years of Utah Legislatures supporting farmland assessment;
18          ▸     provides that the Legislature and the Governor recognizes the "Farmland
19     Assessment Act of 1969" as landmark legislation that paves the way for Utah's
20     farmers and ranchers to remain a strong steward of Utah's private lands and waters;
21          ▸     provides that the Legislature and the Governor commend previous legislatures for
22     their commitment to uphold the Farmland Assessment Act; and
23          ▸     provides that the Legislature and the Governor unitedly express support for the
24     continued use of the Farmland Assessment Act.
25     Special Clauses:
26          None

28     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
29          WHEREAS, 50 years ago in 1969 the 38th Legislature of the state of Utah passed
30     landmark legislation Ĥ→ , sponsored by Miles (Cap) Ferry, Merrill Jenkins, and Kendrick
30a     Harward, ←Ĥ that permitted qualifying farms in Utah to be assessed for tax purposes at
31     productive value rather than its speculative or market value;
32          WHEREAS, this legislation enacted the "Farmland Assessment Act of 1969," and it has
33     been commonly referred to as the "Greenbelt Amendment";
34          WHEREAS, this unique method of assessment is vital to agriculture operations in close
35     proximity to expanding urban areas, where taxing agricultural property at market value could
36     make farming operations economically prohibitive;
37          WHEREAS, productive values are established by the Utah State Tax Commission with
38     the assistance of a five-member Farmland Assessment Advisory Committee and Utah State
39     University and county-wide productive values are based upon income and expense factors
40     associated with agriculture activities;
41          WHEREAS, Utah's agriculture receipts, or the market value of agricultural
42     commodities, totaled $1.7 billion in 2017, reflecting a steady increase over decades and
43     generations of farmers;
44          WHEREAS, Utah agriculture continues to be an important economic driver accounting
45     for $2.5 billion in total economic output when including economic multiplier effects, and
46     combining both agriculture production and processing produces nearly 80,000 Utah jobs and
47     $3.5 billion in compensation;
48          WHEREAS, the number of Utah farms has increased in the last 10 years to 18,200
49     farms (#37 rank in the United States), 11 million acres (#25 rank in the United States) with an
50     average size farm of 604 acres (#12 rank in the United States);
51          WHEREAS, Utah's top county for agriculture sales in 2017 was an urban county --
52     Utah County ($189 million), and other top counties for 2017 agricultural sales were Beaver
53     County ($178 million), Millard County ($166 million), Sanpete County ($165 million), and
54     Box Elder County ($149 million);
55          WHEREAS, Utah production agriculture is a vast undertaking, from producing a
56     bounty of food for consumers, to growing the wood that frames our homes, the fiber in our
57     clothes, and even the renewable fuel in our cars;
58          WHEREAS, Utah farmers and ranchers are dedicated to an important mission --

59     feeding Americans so we do not have to depend on other nations for our most basic need;
60          WHEREAS, Utah farmers and ranchers love the land and animals in which they are
61     stewards and love helping Utah's rural and urban economies stay economically vibrant;
62          WHEREAS, Utah's farm and ranch families make up less than 1% of Utah's population
63     and receive only 16 cents (on average) out of every retail dollar spent on food that is eaten at
64     home and away from home, down nearly 50% from 1980; and
65          WHEREAS, for 50 years Utah Legislatures have recognized the vital role the Farmland
66     Assessment Act has had in maintaining and sustaining Utah family farms and ranches by
67     repeatedly anchoring and upholding a productive value property tax for qualifying Utah farm
68     and ranch landowners:
69          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
70     Governor concurring therein, recognizes the "Farmland Assessment Act of 1969" as landmark
71     legislation that paves the way for Utah's farmers and ranchers to remain strong stewards of
72     Utah's private lands and waters.
73          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor commend
74     previous legislatures for their commitment to uphold the Farmland Assessment Act.
75          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor unitedly express
76     support for the continued use of the Farmland Assessment Act.