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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnesota Senators and Representatives who worked on Green Acres legislation.

"Green Acres is an important tool for reducing the development pressure on farm land," said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. "Changes made to the Green Acres program in 2008 negatively impacted farmers in many parts of the state. Addressing those concerns became one of Farm Bureau's highest priorities."

The bill adjusts Minnesota tax laws in order to conform with federal tax laws. In addition, the bill makes adjustments to the Green Acres program and creates a new Rural Preserve Property Tax program for class 2b land that would no longer qualify for Green Acres.

Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota,

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