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Agricultural returns

Land is classed as agricultural if it's used, or could be used, by a business or private individual, for:

  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • market gardening
  • production of forage crops 
  • grazing of livestock (including horses)

​Complete your agricultural return online

Owner occupiers, tenants and private individuals using agricultural land over 1 vergee in size, can now complete their annual return online.

Forms should be completed based on your circumstances as they were on 1 October, and must be submitted by 30 November.

Complete your agricultural return

Guidelines for completing the form

  • your agricultural return should include the area of all crops grown and livestock kept on your holding during the current year
  • the number of vergees of each crop should be stated as accurately as possible to the nearest quarter of a vergee, including seed bed area, except for protected crops which should be stated to the nearest square metre
  • glasshouses and polythene tunnels - internal measurements are required for accuracy
  • horses - you must declare all horses grazing or occupying the land, including any private arrangements that you have with horse owners, unless they complete an agricultural return themselves

Terms and definitions

First crop'The first or main crop being produced on an individual field or part field during the agricultural year'. A first crop would usually occupy a field for most of the year, however Jersey Royal potatoes would occupy the field for most of January through to June and be followed by a second crop.
Second crop​The harvesting of any crop returned as first crop.
Other crops for green cover​To follow up a first crop with a green cover crop to maintain field cover over the winter period (ie October to February) for environmental or wildlife benefit.
Organic production​Agricultural land should only be returned as organic if it is subject to an annual certification audit, carried out by a recognised certification body.
Horse livery Horses kept for an owner that are fed and groomed for a fixed charge.

For more information go to the Agricultural Returns Law 1947.

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