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Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 40 years.
Here's an interesting story about an invovative county program that seems to have succeeded in preserving farmland, parks and conservation areas while both compensating landowners for the value of their land and preserving property rights. It involves a $20 million effort passed by Dakota County, Minn., voters in 2003, which is now in its final phases. Dakota County is the first county south of the Twin Cities. There are several factors at work including permanent easements and conservation programs that are aimed at improving the quality of streams located in the county. The program is not for everyone but there seems to be enough flexibility for those who wish to participate and those who do not.
Click here for the full story, which ran in the Pioneer Press.
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