WPR News
9:21 am
Mon December 18, 2006

Farms, Ranches Pay $48 M in State and Local Taxes

Laramie, WY – A study compiled by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation says Wyoming's agriculture industry pays more than 48
(M) million dollars in state and local taxes.
Bureau Public and Government Affairs Director Brett Moline says on average each farm and ranch operation is paying over five-thousand dollars worth of taxes to run the state and local governments.
In addition, the federation says production agriculture lands require fewer services for each dollar of local tax they pay than do rural residential lands.
Moline says that means active farm and ranch operations help keep the cost of county government down.
The organization used data from the 2002 Census of Agriculture in its study to show the impact of agriculture has on the state's economy.
Wyoming has more than 94-hundred farms and ranches.