Agricultural district programs allow farmers to form special areas where commercial agriculture is encouraged and protected. Programs are authorized by state legislatures and implemented at the local level. Enrollment in agricultural districts is voluntary. In exchange for enrollment, farmers receive a package of benefits, which varies from state to state. Minimum acreage requirements and initial terms of enrollment also vary. Agricultural district programs should not be confused with zoning districts that delineate areas governed by local land use regulations. This fact sheet provides basic information about Agricultural District Programs.