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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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