Minnesota Lawmakers introduce $50 per-acre tax credit for buffer land

By |2018-05-10T16:47:27-05:00May 10th, 2018|

The financial burden on farmers for implementing Minnesota's Buffer Strip Law may be eased by a proposal in the Legislature. Under the new bill in the House and Senate, farmers would receive a 50-dollar per acre credit for eligible farmland that was converted to buffers. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) sits on the Ag Finance and Policy committees and says the tax credit would total 27.3-million dollars by 2021. Rep. Clark Johnson "As I watched this whole buffer issue emerge, one of the problems that's left undone is how do you deal with the taxes. Because a lot of [...]

Numbers show southern Minnesota led the way in record year for corn yields in 2017

By |2018-03-05T15:15:23-06:00March 5th, 2018|

Recently released numbers from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service shows that it was a record year for corn yields in southern Minnesota. Estimates show that the statewide average for corn yields in 2017 was 194 bushels per acre, exceeding the previous record of 193 bushels per acre that was set in 2016. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says the difference from the two years is what parts of the state led in production.  "In 2016, that statewide yield was built with record yields in west-central, northwest Minnesota. This year it was just phenomenal yields in the southern third of the [...]

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