Using Soil Surveys for Equalization Purposes

position statement

Soil and Water Conservation Society
South Dakota Chapter


BACKGROUND

The agricultural land evaluation procedures used in South Dakota are frequently being criticized because of inflationary land values, use of sales prices, and the influence of management on assessment.

Inflation and speculative investment have caused land sale prices to exceed the value of the lands' potential to produce food and fiber.

There is a strong grass roots movement in the country today to hold the line on taxes and make them equitable.

These concerns point to a strong need for evaluating agricultural land on the basis of the individual soil's ability to produce food and fiber.

THE CHAPTER'S POSITION

The South Dakota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is a voluntary organization of practicing land operators, professional conservationists, and other concerned citizens dedicated to promoting wise use of our soil and water resources. Because of this commitment, they have established the following positions related to the use of soil surveys.

It is the position of the South Dakota Chapter that:


For more information please contact:

Soil and Water Conservation Society South Dakota Chapter P.O. Box 794 Huron, SD 57350-0794

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