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Ag values up about twenty percent


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt gave an overview of property valuations across the county at the Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization on June 12. One fact that stands out is that agricultural land has again seen a marked increase over the 2011 assessments.

All classes of tillable land increased by $1,000 per acre with A-tillable land increasing from $4,000 to $5,000 per acre. However, pasture land was down from $2,600 to $2,000 per acre.

The relative value growth for rural areas was evident in the fact that out of 49 newly constructed homes in the county, 45 were built in township areas with only four total in the cities.

Residential property values were readjusted downward in Chatfield, Harmony, Lanesboro, and Spring Valley because of sale valuations of 118 properties. The square foot rate for houses was reduced in all cities with the exception of Pilot Mound where it stayed constant. Loss market value of property causes levy rates to increase.

The total value of rural and agricultural properties in the county makes up 71 percent of the value of all property in the county. This represents an increase from 2011 when rural and agricultural properties made up 68 percent of the total county value. Residential value made up 24 percent of the total value in the county for 2012 which was down from 26 percent for 2011.

The total value of all county property is up nearly nine percent from 2011. Nearly 14 percent of that increase is rural and agricultural property. Residential value dropped about one and one half percent from 2011.

There were 335 building permits issued county wide in 2011. Over $12.4 million was spent on new construction in the townships including agricultural, commercial, and residential construction. About $3.6 million was spent on new construction within cities which included agricultural (bins), commercial, residential, and apartments or B & Bs.

Due to the state’s new Homestead Market Value Exclusion passed into law in 2011, net taxable market values were reduced on average of over 20 percent in the cities and over eight percent county wide. This has contributed to levy increases.

L & R Partners Appeal

Red Essig made his case before the Equalization Board that the total taxable property valuation is too high for his insurance business property.

Blagsvedt had detailed the rules and duties .....
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Ag nutrient storage and heifer grazing field days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Two for the price of one! Two field days will take place at Brian Hazel’s farm on Tuesday, June 19. Brian has graciously consented to host an Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day in the morning and Dairy Heifer Grazing Field Day following lunch. You are ..... 
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The Do’s and Don'ts of Dairy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

“Drink milk. No, wait! Don’t drink milk. Oh, wait; our bad. Drink milk after all.” Similar to the butter versus margarine debate of the 90s, this is the rhetoric that bounces around, confusing the lot of us and making healthful nutrition decis ..... 
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Dairy is big business in Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County has many dairy farms; 86 of them as of 2010, the vast majority of them run by families. These farms provide much more than milk and other dairy products. They do a lot for the local economy by supplying jobs as well. The milk they pr ..... 
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Sheep management practices workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Sheep are a great animal to raise on farms both large and small, and large numbers aren’t necessary to make it worthwhile. That fact is demonstrated by the USDA Statistical Service (NASS) numbers released for 2011. Of all sheep operations in the U ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VI

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties. During the d ..... 
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FFA Chapters honored for Agricultural Literacy at State FFA Convention

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Nineteen FFA chapters from across the state were recognized at the first general session of the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their efforts to increase agricultural literacy in their communities. FFA ..... 
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What does it take to earn a living on the farm?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Each year when the adult farm management data becomes available, Gary A. Hachfeld, Extension Educator for Ag Business Management, University of Minnesota Extension, updates the statistics. It is designed to let non-farm (and some farm) folks know wh ..... 
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Is hay starting a comeback?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

In all the excitement about the large acreages of corn in the Prospective Planting Report on March 30, a small item that is important to Southeast Minnesota may have been largely ignored. Producers intend to harvest 57.3 million acres of all hay in ..... 
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