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Legislative changes simplify enrollment for Rural Preserve program


Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Recent legislative changes will make the new Rural Preserve program a simpler option for Minnesota farmers deciding on property tax treatment of non-agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land that is currently enrolled in Green Acres.



Class 2b land will no longer qualify for Green Acres starting Jan. 2, 2013 (for taxes payable in 2014). Rural Preserve is just one of several options landowners may choose for class 2b land once it is removed or withdrawn from Green Acres.



Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess "urges landowners to weigh all of your options before making this important decision about your class 2b land. Think carefully about what is best for your overall situation."



Other options for class 2b land are explained below.



Rural Preserve will offer tax deferral benefits similar to Green Acres for qualifying rural woodlands. Though tax benefits are similar, Rural Preserve requires a preservation plan and covenant that prevents changing the use of land while enrolled in the program.



Legislation enacted this year simplified the preservation plan requirement and reduced the minimum covenant and enrollment period to eight years (down from 10 years). The revised law requires a simplified "conservation assessment plan" to enroll eligible land in Rural Preserve, which can be based on a USDA field map rather than a more-detailed land inventory as under the previous requirement.



Landowners can apply for Rural Preserve starting with the 2011 assessment (for taxes payable in 2012).



LANDOWNER OPTIONS



The main choices for landowners with class 2b land currently enrolled in Green Acres include:

· Withdraw class 2b land from Green Acres by Aug. 16, 2010. The usual three-year payback of deferred property tax will be waived for class 2b land withdrawn by Aug. 16. This avoids the payback, but withdrawn acres will be valued at market value for taxes payable in 2011 and beyond.

· Leave class 2b land in Green Acres for now, but transition it to another program before Jan. 2, 2013. Class 2b land that is shifted to Rural Preserve by 2013 will not be subject to the three-year payback requirement. Land that is shifted to other programs will be subject to a three-year payback. Examples include the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA), which provides an annual payment for enrolled woodland, or the class 2c Managed For .....
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Kanabec County family wins monthly MDA award

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A multigenerational Kanabec County farm family has been awarded this month's Commissioner's Good Farm Neighbor award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Stacy and Kevin Thoeny along with Kevin's parents Don and Debra ..... 
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State grants available for feedlot and septic system improvement projects

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul - More than $4 million in state grants is available to local government units for projects to protect and restore water quality by improving feedlots near impaired waters and replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that are iden ..... 
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Great American Backyard Campout: Trading the Wii for the Wilderness

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School's out for summer, and instead of letting the kids turn into couch potatoes, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is encouraging Minnesota families to enjoy some time together under the stars during the annual Great American ..... 
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USE AND TRANSPORT FIREWORKS SAFELY, LEGALLY

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The July 4th holiday is a time when Americans celebrate generations of independence with family gatherings, community events and casual use of dangerous explosives.

">From a safety perspective, it doesn't make sense to celebrate any ..... 
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Nat'l Summer Learning Day: Putting the "Summer" into MN Summer School

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - It may be summer break, but a busy day is planned for thousands of children as part of National Summer Learning Day today. It's an annual event intended to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer educational opportuniti ..... 
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Minnesota Skateboarding Millennial Has High-Flying, Hip Business

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 2010, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Most 17-year-old skateboarders have enough trouble juggling schoolwork, hanging with friends and finding awesome places to test their boards. Dennis Nelson, a junior in high school from Saint Paul, Minnesota, decided ..... 
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NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOLLOWING TORNADO OUTBREAK

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Governor Tim Pawlenty activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist in three Minnesota counties following tornadoes and severe storms. A total of 74 soldiers will assist local authorities by providing security and operating traffic chec ..... 
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MDA Loan Program Hits Milestone

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed its 10,000th loan to farmers and rural landowners to help finance practices that prevent pollution. Under the agency's Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) loan p ..... 
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