Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Eliminating ‘unnecessary’ reporting requirement would help farmers

Farmers who hold agricultural land in revocable trusts would no longer have to file, under threat of criminal penalty, what backers of a bill call an unnecessary report.

HF22, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Smith (R-Maple Grove), was passed 129-0 by the House Monday. It now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson) is sponsor.

Many farmers are unaware of the requirement currently in statute, Smith said.

The Minnesota Corporate Farm Law requires corporate entities that own farmland to file annual reports that help alert the state to potential land contamination. But unlike other forms of corporate ownership, revocable trusts don’t protect individuals who set them up (and are beneficiaries) from liability.

A fiscal note estimates that 3,600 revocable trusts would be exempted under the bill. 

Related Articles

Priority Dailies

House closes 2024 session in chaotic fashion, trading bonding for budget boosts
(House Photography file photo) It was a session of modest ambitions. After 2023 produced a record $72 billion in biennial funding, Minnesota’s legislative leaders were dampening expectations for anything ...
Ways and Means Committee OKs proposed $512 million supplemental budget on party-line vote
(House Photography file photo) Meeting more needs or fiscal irresponsibility is one way to sum up the differences among the two parties on a supplemental spending package a year after a $72 billion state budg...

Minnesota House on Twitter