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Preserving our heritage through farmland retention

Southern Minnesota's economy is certainly more diverse than it was when Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) was founded nearly 30 years ago. However, agriculture still plays a major role. Agriculture and forestry account for over 20 percent of our 20-country region's economic output. 6.2 million acres - 82 percent of our region's land - is cultivated farmland. The most impressive statistic: the estimated current value of farmland in south central and southeastern Minnesota is $50 billion. Comments (0)

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