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State Crackdown on Agriculture Tax Hurts Small Farms

Minnesota is cracking down on people taking advantage of the state agriculture tax breaks but some small farms are getting hurt because of it, according to the Star Tribune. Susan Mecredy owns Cherith Farms on 10-acres, south of Belle Plain. She grows fruits and vegetables for the public to pick and pay for and it is her livelihood, according to the Star Tribune. She has recently received a letter from the state claiming her farm is not large enough to constitute the agriculture tax according to the Star Tribune.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Convention in Bloomington on Saturday and said, “Minnesota agriculture faces both great challenges and a promising future,� according to the Pioneer Press.