Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Minnesota House sent a bill with bipartisan support to reform the green acres program to the governor Monday, April 11, passing a conference committee report on a vote of 102-27. State Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL - St. Joseph), who helped move the bill to passage on the House floor weeks earlier, said the bill makes important and timely changes to support family farmers and landowners in rural Minnesota.
"We were on the clock to get this done for thousands of Minnesotans across the state," said Hosch. "This bill provides relief to farmers and landowners who would otherwise have been put in an unfair position. I'm glad we were able to work together to reach a solution."
There was an urgency to pass the bill because of the approaching May 2 deadline for farmers to decide whether they should enroll in the program. The bill makes needed changes to the Green Acres program to support family farmers and landowners all across the state that were supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders. The Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Farmers Bureau and County Assessors all supported the changes.
Hosch encouraged any farmer or landowner who has questions about the new changes to contact him.
"If you have specific questions about how these reforms will affect your land, I would be happy to talk with you," said Hosch. E-mail: