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Green Acres, federal conformity (new law)

Published (4/10/2009)
By Sonja Hegman
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Farmers with concerns about the Green Acres program might have fewer sleepless nights now that changes have once again been made to the law.

A new law, signed April 3 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, with most changes effective in 2011, creates a rural preserve program, in which land can be placed if it is classified as “rural vacant land.”

Rural preserve is a 10-year covenant that runs with the land, not the person. To qualify for rural preserve, a conservation plan must be written. The covenant provision will take effect in 2013, which means people have until then to make a decision on what to do with the land.

Also in the law are new federal tax conformity pieces that include most changes implemented between February 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008. Those changes are effective April 4, 2009.


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