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Tim Power, who has a south Washington County shade tree nursery, tells a House committee that state law should treat businesses such as his more like farms than other businesses. Staff photo by Don Davis

Some say Green Acres not be the place to be

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ST. PAUL -- A 2008 law change threatens farmland across the state - from the Twin Cities suburbs to land bordering lakes and rivers - farmers Wednesday told a Minnesota House committee.


The new law penalizes farmers who want to sell farmland for other uses, the farmers said. The law could backfire and convince many landowners to get rid of some of their property, farmers added, or to turn sensitive land into cropland that would get a better tax break.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.