Additionally, the contract also calls for Sidwell to perform acreage computations for all agricultural parcels within the county. The computations will be compared to soil productivity indexes to determine valuations for tax assessment. In connection with these services, Sidwell will implement a Sidwell-developed GIS application to support conversion and maintenance of digital map layers for use in assessing the agricultural parcels. This application, called FARMS (Farmland Assessment and Report Management System) can be used to generate reports detailing computed valuations based on soil types and acreage, as well as to create thematic maps portraying soil types, land use, productivity indexes, or valuation.
Source: Sidwell, Dec. 16, 2004