Green Acres repeal advances

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by Brian Devore • It’s early in the 2009 session, and the Minnesota Legislature has already taken some serious steps towards fixing the disastrous problems it foisted upon the Green Acres program in 2008. But there’s still a lot of work to do, and calls to lawmakers are needed in coming days to ensure they get the message loud and clear: repeal the 2008 changes now, and fix the program the right way this time.

Loon Commons is a blog of the Land Stewardship Project. Contact Loon Commons at bdevore@landstewardshipproject.org

Bills to repeal last year’s Green Acres changes (House File 10 and Senate File 386) have passed both the House and Senate Agriculture Finance Committees. Click here to learn more about how to get lawmakers to sign on to these bills and add to the growing support for repeal.

You can also learn more about how Green Acres can be fixed the right way, and how to get that message to your legislator, at LSP’s Fourth Annual Family Farm Breakfast at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Timing is everything. Serious attempts are already afoot to water these bills down or otherwise modify them so repeal of the 2008 changes is off the table. If anything short of repeal happens, farmers will be forced to make land use decisions that will not be good for conservation, agriculture, and those natural corners and back forties where the two meet.
Originally published 2/9/09

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