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What is the definition of agriculture or farming – and what constitutes a “normal” or “generally accepted” farming practice?

The answers to these questions are not straightforward. Agriculture is defined differently in various Federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Perceptions of farming differ as well. For example, is agri-tourism farming? Is turning apples into apple pie on the farm an agricultural activity? Commercial composting? Horse boarding? Aquaculture? Ultimately, it’s up to the landowner and farmer to come to a mutually agreeable definition for them (provided that whatever they agree on does not contradict any laws).

Agriculture evolves, and farmers innovate to be viable. Farming practices considered customary by some may be questioned by others. Some leases simply permit “generally accepted agricultural practices,” while others are more specific. The parties may insert a definition of farming from a local or state regulation, or may use this section to expand or limit this definition through the permitted, restricted, and prohibited uses.

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