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Minnesota Farmers Union To Work For State Tax Repeal Next Year

Minnesota state legislators held a one day special session this week but did not address any tax issues. The one most concerning to farm groups was the need to repeal the tax on farm machinery repairs.  State Farmers Union Government Relations Director Thom Petersen says that tax will now cost farmers up to $ 28 million this year. He says they’ll try and get the repeal passed early next year during the main run of the legislature.

During the special session lawmakers did approve  $ 4.7 million in disaster relief. Petersen says however while most of that won’t help farmers and ranchers they still need to apply for some help that is available.

Producers should check with their local Farm Service Agency office for more details on any disaster aid or programs.

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A look at the big stories that made news this week and the headlines you may have missed.

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Americans are really angry with Washington

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Americans are angry with the handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants.

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Rail Plan Approved

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The state Rail Board approved the new South Dakota rail plan at their meeting this week.

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Siren Project Nixed

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Bidding for the emergency siren project in the lake area of Yankton closed yesterday, but at their meeting yesterday afternoon, Commission members agreed not to go ahead with the project and to reject any received bids.

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Minnesota Farm Bureau Members Lobbying Congress

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Minnesota Farm Bureau members are in Washington D.C. this week making hill visits. Cass County Farm Bureau President Miles Kuschel,…