Updated content on Minnesota Land Economics

[As usual, passing along an update from Steve Taff, University of Minnesota Extension and Department of Applied Economics.] Dear Colleague: After heroic efforts by county assessors and Department of Revenue staff, the final, much-cleaned-up 2009 agricultural and timber land values data for all Minnesota taxing jurisdictions is now available in the Land Values section of Minnesota Land Economics. Please note: […]

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Extension’s 2010 woodland webinar series

Beginning in January 2010, the University of Minnesota Extension will offer a series of 5 web-based seminars, or “webinars,” on topics of interest to Minnesota woodland owners.  While they do require access to an internet connection, webinars offer the convenience of learning at your home or office, avoiding the time and expense of traveling to a workshop. All five webinars […]

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Changes to the Minnesota Forest Stewardship Program

By Gary Michael, MN DNR – Division of Forestry JANUARY 2010:  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) is undertaking a major shift in how it operates. For decades the FSP has been delivering free forest management plans to non-industrial private forest landowners. A recent change in funding and an increase in demand […]

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Local Work Group Meetings for EQIP Now Scheduled

Just this morning I received the following announcement from Ginger Kopp, State Staff Forester with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  The meetings she describes offer a very good opportunity for local citizens to influence how cost-share funds are allocated at the local level.  If you can attend your county’s LWG meeting, you should.  Act quickly, as the meetings are going […]

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Itasca County woodland property tax postcard

On November 20, 2009, a postcard was mailed to owners of 20+ acres of woodland in Itasca County. If you’ve just received a postcard and are looking for more information, you’ve come to the right place. Naturally, the first step is to develop a Woodland Stewardship Management Plan for your land. A Woodland Stewardship Management Plan is an overview of […]

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Sign up for Conservation Stewardship Program by Sept. 30

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/9/2009) —Registration for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is taking place now until Sept. 30, 2009. The CSP is a voluntary program through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities. CSP is available on […]

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Free webinar August 19, 2009: Conservation Stewardship Program

Passing along an announcement from the American Society for Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.  The new Conservation Stewardship Program will be of interest to many Minnesota family forest owners. Update:  This event is over. More than the name has changed!  The new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), part of the 2008 Farm Bill, that began August 10. CSP […]

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Updated content on Minnesota Land Economics

[I thought this message might be of interest to some of our readers:] Dear Colleague: Three new things at Minnesota Land Economics: 1. 2009 assessor estimates of land values. Please be careful. From the site: “In 2009, the Minnesota Legislature created several new classifications for agricultural and timber land in the state. On Minnesota Land Economics, the reclassifications are handled […]

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Community Supported Forestry

Like the idea of Community Supported Agriculture?  Looking for ways to make a few bucks from your woodland?  A Wisconsin family is trying Community Supported Forestry. This is a pretty interesting idea:  For an annual payment of $550, Roald Gundersen and Amelia Baxter of Hamburg, WI are offering unlimited access to their 140-acre wooded valley south of LaCrosse.  Four of […]

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Book review: Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners

By Mike Reichenbach, University of Minnesota Extension Forester Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners 2009 Edition for Filing 2008 Tax Returns William L. Hoover and Mark Koontz Timber Tax Management for Family Forest Owners is written for woodland owners and tax professionals.  It provides more than a description of how to file after you have a timber sale.  It […]

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