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HF 2638

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 05/14/2021 04:24pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; making changes to the agricultural land preservation
program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 40A.11, subdivision 1;
40A.18, subdivision 2.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 40A.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.


An agricultural preserve continues in existence until either the
owner or the county initiates expiration as provided in this section. The date of expiration
by the owner or the county must be at least deleted text begineightdeleted text end new text beginthree new text endyears from the date of notice under
this section.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 40A.18, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Allowed commercial and industrial operations.

(a) Commercial and industrial
operations are not allowed on land within an agricultural preserve except:

(1) small on-farm commercial or industrial operations normally associated with and
important to farming in the agricultural preserve area;

(2) storage use of existing farm buildings that does not disrupt the integrity of the
agricultural preserve;

(3) small commercial use of existing farm buildings for trades not disruptive to the
integrity of the agricultural preserve such as a carpentry shop, small scale mechanics shop,
and similar activities that a farm operator might conduct; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(4) wireless communication installments and related equipment and structure capable
of providing technology potentially beneficial to farming activities. A property owner who
installs wireless communication equipment does not violate a covenant made prior to January
1, 2018, under section 40A.10, subdivision 1deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) solar energy generating systems with an output capacity of one megawatt or less.
new text end

(b) For purposes of paragraph (a), clauses (2) and (3), "existing" means existing on
August 1, 1989.