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                            CHAPTER 622-S.F.No. 1948 
                  An act relating to agriculture; providing for 
                  cooperative farming agreements on certain lands; 
                  changing the law limiting corporate farming; changing 
                  liability of certain agricultural operations; creating 
                  corporate farming law task force and requiring 
                  legislative report; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, 
                  sections 97A.135, subdivision 3; 500.24, subdivisions 
                  2 and 3; and 561.19, subdivisions 1 and 2. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 97A.135, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [COOPERATIVE FARMING AGREEMENTS.] On any public 
        hunting, game refuge, or wildlife management area, or scientific 
        and natural area lands, the commissioner may enter into written 
        cooperative farming agreements with nearby farmers on a 
        sharecrop basis, without competitive bidding, for the purpose of 
        establishing or maintaining wildlife food or cover for habitat 
        purposes and plant management.  Cooperative farming agreements 
        may also be used to allow pasturing of livestock.  The 
        agreements may provide for the bartering of a share of any crop, 
        not exceeding $1,500 in value and produced from these lands, for 
        services such as weed control, planting, cultivation, or other 
        wildlife habitat practices or products that will enhance or 
        benefit the management of state lands for plant and animal 
        species.  Cooperative farming agreements pursuant to this 
        section shall not be considered leases for tax purposes under 
        section 272.01, subdivision 2, or 273.19. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 500.24, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this section, 
        the terms defined in this subdivision have the meanings here 
        given them: 
           (a) "Farming" means the production of (1) agricultural 
        products; (2) livestock or livestock products; (3) milk or milk 
        products; or (4) fruit or other horticultural products.  It does 
        not include the processing, refining, or packaging of said 
        products, nor the provision of spraying or harvesting services 
        by a processor or distributor of farm products.  It does not 
        include the production of timber or forest products or the 
        production of poultry or poultry products. 
           (b) "Family farm" means an unincorporated farming unit 
        owned by one or more persons residing on the farm or actively 
        engaging in farming. 
           (c) "Family farm corporation" means a corporation founded 
        for the purpose of farming and the ownership of agricultural 
        land in which the majority of the voting stock is held by and 
        the majority of the stockholders are persons or the spouses of 
        persons related to each other within the third degree of kindred 
        according to the rules of the civil law, and at least one of 
        said related persons is residing on or actively operating the 
        farm, and none of whose stockholders are corporations; provided 
        that a family farm corporation shall not cease to qualify as 
        such hereunder by reason of any devise or bequest of shares of 
        voting stock. 
           (d) "Authorized farm corporation" means a corporation 
        meeting the following standards under clause (1) or (2): 
           (1)(i) its shareholders do not exceed five in number; 
           (2) (ii) all its shareholders, other than any estate are 
        natural persons; 
           (3) (iii) it does not have more than one class of shares; 
        and 
           (4) (iv) its revenues from rent, royalties, dividends, 
        interest and annuities does not exceed 20 percent of its gross 
        receipts; and 
           (5) (v) shareholders holding 51 percent or more of the 
        interest in the corporation must be residing on the farm or 
        actively engaging in farming; 
           (6) (vi) the authorized farm corporation, directly or 
        indirectly, owns or otherwise has an interest, whether legal, 
        beneficial, or otherwise, in any title to no more than 1,500 
        acres of real estate used for farming or capable of being used 
        for farming in this state; and 
           (7) (vii) a shareholder of the authorized farm corporation 
        is not a shareholder in other authorized farm corporations that 
        directly or indirectly in combination with the authorized farm 
        corporation own not more than 1,500 acres of real estate used 
        for farming or capable of being used for farming in this state.; 
        or 
           (2)(i) the corporation is engaged in the production of 
        livestock other than dairy cattle; and not engaged in farming 
        activities otherwise prohibited under this section; 
           (ii) all its shareholders other than an estate, are natural 
        persons or a family farm corporation; 
           (iii) it does not have more than one class of shares; 
           (iv) its revenue from rent, royalties, dividends, interest 
        and annuities does not exceed 20 percent of its gross receipts; 
           (v) shareholders holding 75 percent or more of the control 
        and financial investment in the corporation must be farmers 
        residing in Minnesota and at least 51 percent of the required 
        percentage of farmers must be actively engaged in livestock 
        production; 
           (vi) the authorized farm corporation, directly or 
        indirectly, owns or otherwise has an interest, whether legal, 
        beneficial, or otherwise, in any title to no more than 1,500 
        acres of real estate used for farming or capable of being used 
        for farming in this state; 
           (vii) a shareholder of the authorized farm corporation is 
        not a shareholder in other authorized farm corporations that 
        directly or indirectly in combination with the authorized farm 
        corporation own not more than 1,500 acres of real estate used 
        for farming or capable of being used for farming in this state; 
        and 
           (viii) the corporation was formed for the production of 
        livestock other than dairy cattle by natural persons or family 
        farm corporations that provide 75 percent or more of the capital 
        investment. 
           (e) "Agricultural land" means land used for farming. 
           (f) "Pension or investment fund" means a pension or 
        employee welfare benefit fund, however organized, a mutual fund, 
        a life insurance company separate account, a common trust of a 
        bank or other trustee established for the investment and 
        reinvestment of money contributed to it, a real estate 
        investment trust, or an investment company as defined in United 
        States Code, title 15, section 80a-3.  "Pension or investment 
        fund" does not include a benevolent trust established by the 
        owners of a family farm, authorized farm corporation or family 
        farm corporation.  
           (g) "Farm homestead" means a house including adjoining 
        buildings that has been used as part of a farming operation or 
        is part of the agricultural land used for a farming operation. 
           (h) "Family farm partnership" means a limited partnership 
        formed for the purpose of farming and the ownership of 
        agricultural land in which the majority of the interests in the 
        partnership is held by and the majority of the partners are 
        persons or the spouses of persons related to each other within 
        the third degree of kindred according to the rules of the civil 
        law, and at least one of the related persons is residing on or 
        actively operating the farm, and none of the partners are 
        corporations.  A family farm partnership does not cease to 
        qualify as a family farm partnership because of a devise or 
        bequest of interest in the partnership.  
           (i) "Authorized farm partnership" means a limited 
        partnership meeting the following standards:  
           (1) it has been issued a certificate from the secretary of 
        state or is registered with the county recorder and farming and 
        ownership of agricultural land is stated as a purpose or 
        character of the business; 
           (2) its partners do not exceed five in number; 
           (3) all its partners, other than an estate, are natural 
        persons; 
           (4) its revenues from rent, royalties, dividends, interest, 
        and annuities do not exceed 20 percent of its gross receipts; 
           (5) its general partners hold at least 51 percent of the 
        interest in the land assets of the partnership and reside on the 
        farm or are actively engaging in farming not more than 1,500 
        acres as a general partner in an authorized limited partnership; 
           (6) its limited partners do not participate in the business 
        of the limited partnership including operating, managing, or 
        directing management of farming operations; 
           (7) the authorized farm partnership, directly or 
        indirectly, does not own or otherwise have an interest, whether 
        legal, beneficial, or otherwise, in a title to more than 1,500 
        acres of real estate used for farming or capable of being used 
        for farming in this state; and 
           (8) a limited partner of the authorized farm partnership is 
        not a limited partner in other authorized farm partnerships that 
        directly or indirectly in combination with the authorized farm 
        partnership own not more than 1,500 acres of real estate used 
        for farming or capable of being used for farming in this state.  
           (j) "Farmer" means a person who regularly participates in 
        physical labor or operations management in the farmer's farming 
        operation and files "Schedule F" as part of the person's annual 
        Form 1040 filing with the United States Internal Revenue Service.
           (k) "Actively engaged in livestock production" means that a 
        person performs day-to-day physical labor or day-to-day 
        operations management that significantly contributes to 
        livestock production and the functioning of a livestock 
        operation. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 500.24, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [FARMING AND OWNERSHIP OF AGRICULTURAL LAND BY 
        CORPORATIONS RESTRICTED.] No corporation, limited liability 
        company, pension or investment fund, or limited partnership 
        shall engage in farming; nor shall any corporation, limited 
        liability company, pension or investment fund, or limited 
        partnership, directly or indirectly, own, acquire, or otherwise 
        obtain an interest, whether legal, beneficial or otherwise, in 
        any title to real estate used for farming or capable of being 
        used for farming in this state.  Livestock that are delivered 
        for slaughter or processing may be fed and cared for by a 
        corporation up to 20 days prior to slaughter or processing.  
        Provided, however, that the restrictions in this subdivision do 
        not apply to corporations or partnerships in clause (b) and do 
        not apply to corporations, limited partnerships, and pension or 
        investment funds that record its name and the particular 
        exception under clauses (a) to (s) under which the agricultural 
        land is owned or farmed, have a conservation plan prepared for 
        the agricultural land, report as required under subdivision 4, 
        and satisfy one of the following conditions under clauses (a) to 
        (s): 
           (a) a bona fide encumbrance taken for purposes of security; 
           (b) a family farm corporation, an authorized farm 
        corporation, a family farm partnership, or an authorized farm 
        partnership as defined in subdivision 2 or a general 
        partnership; 
           (c) agricultural land and land capable of being used for 
        farming owned by a corporation as of May 20, 1973, or a pension 
        or investment fund as of May 12, 1981, including the normal 
        expansion of such ownership at a rate not to exceed 20 percent 
        of the amount of land owned as of May 20, 1973, or, in the case 
        of a pension or investment fund, as of May 12, 1981, measured in 
        acres, in any five-year period, and including additional 
        ownership reasonably necessary to meet the requirements of 
        pollution control rules; 
           (d) agricultural land operated for research or experimental 
        purposes with the approval of the commissioner of agriculture, 
        provided that any commercial sales from the operation must be 
        incidental to the research or experimental objectives of the 
        corporation.  A corporation, limited partnership, or pension or 
        investment fund seeking to operate agricultural land for 
        research or experimental purposes must submit to the 
        commissioner a prospectus or proposal of the intended method of 
        operation, containing information required by the commissioner 
        including a copy of any operational contract with individual 
        participants, prior to initial approval of an operation.  A 
        corporation, limited partnership, or pension or investment fund 
        operating agricultural land for research or experimental 
        purposes prior to May 1, 1988, must comply with all requirements 
        of this clause except the requirement for initial approval of 
        the project; 
           (e) agricultural land operated by a corporation or limited 
        partnership for the purpose of raising breeding stock, including 
        embryos, for resale to farmers or operated for the purpose of 
        growing seed, wild rice, nursery plants or sod.  An entity that 
        is organized to raise livestock other than dairy cattle under 
        this clause that does not meet the definition requirement for an 
        authorized farm corporation must: 
           (1) sell all castrated animals to be fed out or finished to 
        farming operations that are neither directly or indirectly owned 
        by the business entity operating the breeding stock operation; 
        and 
           (2) report its total production and sales annually to the 
        commissioner of agriculture; 
           (f) agricultural land and land capable of being used for 
        farming leased by a corporation or limited partnership in an 
        amount, measured in acres, not to exceed the acreage under lease 
        to such corporation as of May 20, 1973, or to the limited 
        partnership as of May 1, 1988, and the additional acreage 
        required for normal expansion at a rate not to exceed 20 percent 
        of the amount of land leased as of May 20, 1973, for a 
        corporation or May 1, 1988, for a limited partnership in any 
        five-year period, and the additional acreage reasonably 
        necessary to meet the requirements of pollution control rules; 
           (g) agricultural land when acquired as a gift (either by 
        grant or a devise) by an educational, religious, or charitable 
        nonprofit corporation or by a pension or investment fund or 
        limited partnership; provided that all lands so acquired by a 
        pension or investment fund, and all lands so acquired by a 
        corporation or limited partnership which are not operated for 
        research or experimental purposes, or are not operated for the 
        purpose of raising breeding stock for resale to farmers or 
        operated for the purpose of growing seed, wild rice, nursery 
        plants or sod must be disposed of within ten years after 
        acquiring title thereto; 
           (h) agricultural land acquired by a pension or investment 
        fund or a corporation other than a family farm corporation or 
        authorized farm corporation, as defined in subdivision 2, or a 
        limited partnership other than a family farm partnership or 
        authorized farm partnership as defined in subdivision 2, for 
        which the corporation or limited partnership has documented 
        plans to use and subsequently uses the land within six years 
        from the date of purchase for a specific nonfarming purpose, or 
        if the land is zoned nonagricultural, or if the land is located 
        within an incorporated area.  A pension or investment fund or a 
        corporation or limited partnership may hold such agricultural 
        land in such acreage as may be necessary to its nonfarm business 
        operation; provided, however, that pending the development of 
        agricultural land for nonfarm purposes, such land may not be 
        used for farming except under lease to a family farm unit, a 
        family farm corporation, an authorized farm corporation, a 
        family farm partnership, or an authorized farm partnership, or 
        except when controlled through ownership, options, leaseholds, 
        or other agreements by a corporation which has entered into an 
        agreement with the United States of America pursuant to the New 
        Community Act of 1968 (Title IV of the Housing and Urban 
        Development Act of 1968, United States Code, title 42, sections 
        3901 to 3914) as amended, or a subsidiary or assign of such a 
        corporation; 
           (i) agricultural lands acquired by a pension or investment 
        fund or a corporation or limited partnership by process of law 
        in the collection of debts, or by any procedure for the 
        enforcement of a lien or claim thereon, whether created by 
        mortgage or otherwise; provided, however, that all lands so 
        acquired be disposed of within ten years after acquiring the 
        title if acquired before May 1, 1988, and five years after 
        acquiring the title if acquired on or after May 1, 1988, 
        acquiring the title thereto, and further provided that the land 
        so acquired shall not be used for farming during the ten-year or 
        five-year period except under a lease to a family farm unit, a 
        family farm corporation, an authorized farm corporation, a 
        family farm partnership, or an authorized farm partnership.  The 
        aforementioned ten-year or five-year limitation period shall be 
        deemed a covenant running with the title to the land against any 
        grantee, assignee, or successor of the pension or investment 
        fund, corporation, or limited partnership.  Notwithstanding the 
        five-year divestiture requirement under this clause, a financial 
        institution may continue to own the agricultural land if the 
        agricultural land is leased to the immediately preceding former 
        owner, but must divest of the agricultural land within the 
        ten-year period.  Livestock acquired by a pension or investment 
        fund, corporation, or limited partnership in the collection of 
        debts, or by a procedure for the enforcement of lien or claim on 
        the livestock whether created by security agreement or otherwise 
        after the effective date of this act, must be sold or disposed 
        of within one full production cycle for the type of livestock 
        acquired or 18 months after the livestock is acquired, whichever 
        is later; 
           (j) agricultural land acquired by a corporation regulated 
        under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 1974, chapter 216B, 
        for purposes described in that chapter or by an electric 
        generation or transmission cooperative for use in its business, 
        provided, however, that such land may not be used for farming 
        except under lease to a family farm unit, a family farm 
        corporation, or a family farm partnership; 
           (k) agricultural land, either leased or owned, totaling no 
        more than 2,700 acres, acquired after May 20, 1973, for the 
        purpose of replacing or expanding asparagus growing operations, 
        provided that such corporation had established 2,000 acres of 
        asparagus production; 
           (l) all agricultural land or land capable of being used for 
        farming which was owned or leased by an authorized farm 
        corporation as defined in Minnesota Statutes 1974, section 
        500.24, subdivision 1, clause (d), but which does not qualify as 
        an authorized farm corporation as defined in subdivision 2, 
        clause (d); 
           (m) a corporation formed primarily for religious purposes 
        whose sole income is derived from agriculture; 
           (n) agricultural land owned or leased by a corporation 
        prior to August 1, 1975, which was exempted from the restriction 
        of this subdivision under the provisions of Laws 1973, chapter 
        427, including normal expansion of such ownership or leasehold 
        interest to be exercised at a rate not to exceed 20 percent of 
        the amount of land owned or leased on August 1, 1975, in any 
        five-year period and the additional ownership reasonably 
        necessary to meet requirements of pollution control rules; 
           (o) agricultural land owned or leased by a corporation 
        prior to August 1, 1978, including normal expansion of such 
        ownership or leasehold interest, to be exercised at a rate not 
        to exceed 20 percent of the amount of land owned or leased on 
        August 1, 1978, and the additional ownership reasonably 
        necessary to meet requirements of pollution control rules, 
        provided that nothing herein shall reduce any exemption 
        contained under the provisions of Laws 1975, chapter 324, 
        section 1, subdivision 2; 
           (p) an interest in the title to agricultural land acquired 
        by a pension fund or family trust established by the owners of a 
        family farm, authorized farm corporation or family farm 
        corporation, but limited to the farm on which one or more of 
        those owners or shareholders have resided or have been actively 
        engaged in farming as required by subdivision 2, clause (b), 
        (c), or (d); 
           (q) agricultural land owned by a nursing home located in a 
        city with a population, according to the state demographer's 
        1985 estimate, between 900 and 1,000, in a county with a 
        population, according to the state demographer's 1985 estimate, 
        between 18,000 and 19,000, if the land was given to the nursing 
        home as a gift with the expectation that it would not be sold 
        during the donor's lifetime.  This exemption is available until 
        July 1, 1995; 
           (r) the acreage of agricultural land and land capable of 
        being used for farming owned and recorded by an authorized farm 
        corporation as defined in Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 
        500.24, subdivision 2, paragraph (d), or a limited partnership 
        as of May 1, 1988, including the normal expansion of the 
        ownership at a rate not to exceed 20 percent of the land owned 
        and recorded as of May 1, 1988, measured in acres, in any 
        five-year period, and including additional ownership reasonably 
        necessary to meet the requirements of pollution control rules; 
           (s) agricultural land owned or leased as a necessary part 
        of an aquatic farm as defined in section 17.47, subdivision 3. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 561.19, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this 
        section, the following terms have the meanings given them:  
           (a) "Agricultural operation" means a facility and its 
        appurtenances for the production of crops, livestock, poultry, 
        dairy products or poultry products, but not a facility primarily 
        engaged in processing agricultural products.  
           (b) "Established date of operation" means the date on which 
        the agricultural operation commenced.  If the agricultural 
        operation is subsequently expanded or significantly altered, the 
        established date of operation for each expansion or alteration 
        is deemed to be the date of commencement of the expanded or 
        altered operation.  As used in this paragraph, "expanded or 
        significantly altered" means:  
           (1) an expansion by at least 25 percent in the amount of a 
        particular crop grown or the number of a particular kind of 
        animal or livestock located on an agricultural operation; or 
           (2) a distinct change in the kind of agricultural 
        operation, as in changing from one kind of crop, livestock, 
        animal, or product to another, but not merely a change from one 
        generally accepted agricultural practice to another in producing 
        the same crop or product. 
           (c) "Family farm" means an unincorporated farm unit owned 
        by one or more persons or spouses of persons related to each 
        other within the third degree of kindred according to the rules 
        of the civil law at least one of whom is residing or actively 
        engaged in farming on the farm unit, or a "family farm 
        corporation," as that term is defined in section 500.24, 
        subdivision 2.  
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 561.19, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [AGRICULTURAL OPERATION NOT A NUISANCE.] (a) An 
        agricultural operation which is a part of a family farm is not 
        and shall not become a private or public nuisance after six two 
        years from its established date of operation if the operation 
        was not a nuisance at its established date of operation.  
           (b) An agricultural operation is operating according to 
        generally accepted agricultural practices if it is located in an 
        agriculturally zoned area and complies with the provisions of 
        all applicable federal and state statutes and rules or any 
        issued permits for the operation. 
           (c) The provisions of this subdivision do not apply:  
           (a) (1) to a condition or injury which results from the 
        negligent or improper operation of an agricultural operation or 
        from operations contrary to commonly accepted agricultural 
        practices or to applicable state or local laws, ordinances, 
        rules, or permits; 
           (b) (2) when an agricultural operation causes injury or 
        direct threat of injury to the health or safety of any person; 
           (c) (3) to the pollution of, or change in the condition of, 
        the waters of the state or the overflow of waters on the lands 
        of any person; 
           (d) (4) to an animal feedlot facility with a swine capacity 
        of 1,000 or more animal units as defined in the rules of the 
        pollution control agency for control of pollution from animal 
        feedlots, or a cattle capacity of 2,500 animals or more; or 
           (e) (5) to any prosecution for the crime of public nuisance 
        as provided in section 609.74 or to an action by a public 
        authority to abate a particular condition which is a public 
        nuisance. 
           Sec. 6.  [CORPORATE FARMING LAW TASK FORCE.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [PURPOSE.] Current Minnesota law generally 
        precludes corporations from owning farm land or operating a 
        farming enterprise.  Corporate farming law has been developed 
        over a period of 14 decades, and the development has included 
        numerous changes to accommodate shifting priorities in 
        agriculture and a recognition that the economic and social 
        climate of the state is not static.  There is a concern whether 
        current corporate farming law, especially as it relates to the 
        breeding and raising of swine, represents the appropriate 
        balance between protection of family farms and opportunity for 
        creative new enterprise structures organized by multiple farmers.
        Farmers wish to support a corporate farming law that is in the 
        overall best interest of production agriculture and preservation 
        of the family farm unit as the main component of the 
        agricultural economy in the state.  The study, legislative 
        report, and legislative recommendations authorized by this 
        section will increase public and legislative understanding of 
        the issues involved. 
           Subd. 2.  [CREATION; MEMBERSHIP.] (a) There is hereby 
        created a corporate farming law task force with ten members 
        appointed as follows: 
           (1) the chairs of the agriculture policy committees of the 
        Minnesota senate and house of representatives, or their 
        designees; 
           (2) two members of the Minnesota house of representatives 
        appointed by the speaker of the house; 
           (3) one member of the Minnesota house of representatives 
        appointed by the minority leader of the house; 
           (4) two members of the Minnesota senate appointed by the 
        senate committee on rules and administration; 
           (5) one member of the Minnesota senate appointed by the 
        minority leader of the senate; 
           (6) one member with education and experience in the area of 
        agricultural economics appointed by the governor of Minnesota; 
        and 
           (7) one member who is the operator of a production 
        agriculture farm in Minnesota appointed by the governor. 
           (b) Each of the appointing authorities must make their 
        respective appointments not later than June 15, 1994. 
           (c) Citizen members of the task force may be reimbursed for 
        expenses as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, 
        subdivision 6. 
           (d) The first meeting of the task force must be called and 
        convened by the chairs of the agriculture policy committees of 
        the senate and the house of representatives.  Task force members 
        must then elect a permanent chair from among the task force 
        members. 
           Subd. 3.  [CHARGE.] The task force must examine current and 
        projected impacts of corporate, partnership, and limited 
        liability company farming enterprises on the economic, social, 
        and environmental conditions and structures of rural Minnesota.  
        The study should consider probable impacts on both agriculture 
        related and nonagricultural businesses in rural communities.  
        Issues of nonpoint source pollution and other environmental 
        issues must also be considered.  The task force shall also 
        examine the issue of responsibility for potential pollution 
        damage. 
           Subd. 4.  [RESOURCES; STAFF SUPPORT; CONTRACT SERVICES.] 
        The commissioner of agriculture shall provide necessary 
        resources and staff support for the meetings, hearings, 
        activities, and report of the task force.  To the extent the 
        task force determines it appropriate to contract with nonstate 
        providers for research or analytical services, the commissioner 
        shall serve as the fiscal agent for the task force. 
           Subd. 5.  [PUBLIC HEARINGS.] The task force shall hold at 
        least four public hearings on the issue of corporate farming law 
        and the impacts of other potential legal structures of farming 
        operations, with specific emphasis on appropriate regulation of 
        business structures involved in swine breeding and raising.  At 
        least three of the hearings must be held in greater Minnesota. 
           Subd. 6.  [REPORT.] Not later than February 15, 1995, the 
        corporate farming law task force shall report to the legislature 
        on the findings of its study.  The report must include 
        recommendations for improvements in Minnesota Statutes that are 
        in the best interests of production agriculture in the state and 
        the economic, environmental, and social environment and 
        preservation of the family farm. 
           Subd. 7.  [EXPIRATION.] The corporate farming law task 
        force expires 45 days after its report and recommendations are 
        delivered to the legislature or on May 15, 1995, whichever date 
        is earlier. 
           Sec. 7.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 6 is effective the day following final enactment. 
           Presented to the governor May 6, 1994 
           Signed by the governor May 10, 1994, 3:54 p.m.