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Laws of Minnesota 1992 CHAPTER 415-S.F.No. 2301 An act relating to water and soil resources; lands eligible for the reinvest in Minnesota program; amending Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 103F.505; 103F.511, by adding a subdivision; and Minnesota Statutes 1991 Supplement, section 103F.515, subdivision 2. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 103F.505, is amended to read: 103F.505 [PURPOSE AND POLICY.] It is the purpose of sections 103F.505 to 103F.531 to keep certain marginal agricultural land out of crop production to protect soil and water quality and support fish and wildlife habitat. It is state policy to encourage the retirement of marginal, highly erodible land, particularly land adjacent to public waters
and, drainage systems, wetlands, and locally designated priority waters, from crop production and to reestablish a cover of perennial vegetation. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 103F.511, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 8a. [RIPARIAN LAND.] "Riparian land" means lands adjacent to public waters, drainage systems, wetlands, or locally designated priority waters identified in a comprehensive local water plan, as defined in section 103B.3363, subdivision 3. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1991 Supplement, section 103F.515, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [ELIGIBLE LAND.] (a) Land may be placed in the conservation reserve program if the land meets the requirements of paragraphs (b) and (c). (b) Land is eligible if the land: (1) is marginal agricultural land; (2) is adjacent to marginal agricultural land and is either beneficial to resource protection or necessary for efficient recording of the land description; (3) consists of a drained wetland; (4) is land that with a windbreak would be beneficial to resource protection; (5) is land in a sensitive groundwater area; (6) is cropland adjacent to public watersriparian land; (7) is cropland or noncropland adjacent to restored wetlands to the extent of up to four acres of cropland or one acre of noncropland for each acre of wetland restored; (8) is a woodlot on agricultural land; (9) is abandoned building site on agricultural land, provided that funds are not used for compensation of the value of the buildings; or (10) is land on a hillside used for pasture. (c) Eligible land under paragraph (a) must: (1) have been owned by the landowner on January 1, 1985, orbe owned by the landowner, or a parent or other blood relative of the landowner, for at least one year before the date of application; (2) be at least five acres in size, except for a windbreak, woodlot, or abandoned building site, or be a whole field as defined by the United States Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services; (3) not be set aside, enrolled or diverted under another federal or state government program; and (4) have been in agricultural crop production for at least two of the last five years before the date of application during the period 1981 to 1985except drained wetlands, riparian lands, woodlots, abandoned building sites, or land on a hillside used for pasture. (d) The enrolled land of a landowner may not exceed 20 percent of the average farm size in the county where the land is being enrolled according to the average farm size determined by the United States Department of Agriculture, Census of Agriculture. (e) In selecting drained wetlands for enrollment in the program, the highest priority must be given to wetlands with a cropping history during the period 1976 to 1985. (f) In selecting land for enrollment in the program, highest priority must be given to permanent easements that are consistent with the purposes stated in section 103F.505. Presented to the governor April 3, 1992 Signed by the governor April 7, 1992, 2:58 p.m.