New York has gradually updated its property tax abatement program for agricultural land ("Ag Assessment") to include agroforestry practices like maple production - and more recently, silvopasturing. More agroforestry practices anticipated to follow, like forest farming. These changes are thanks in big part to NY Farm Bureau's grass-roots advocacy. Link to a story below on the silvopasture revision in NY:
This forum has a broad geographical membership. I'm curious to hear how other states treat hybrid forestry/ag production land uses in their property tax abatement programs?
Here in Massachusetts, silvopastures can be classified as either forestland [under Chapter 61 or 61A] or pasture/agricultural land [under Chapter 61A]. I have clients who have done it both ways without any issues from the state or from local assessors. These are for forest to silvopasture. I generally recommend that the landowner classify them as agricultural land rather than forest land. I think it gives the landowner more flexibility.
I do have to say I only have worked with a couple of cases, so as more silvopastiures are developed maybe the state/towns will take on a more definitive stance.