Attempts were unsuccessful to enact a “buffer strip tax credit” for farmers when the Minnesota Senate voted on a tax cut bill Tuesday. North Mankato Democrat Nick Frentz proposed it:

“This reimburses the farmer for the land that we made ’em take out of production.”

But Republicans argued against what they termed “going through the back door” with a tax credit. Luverne Senator Bill Weber:

“Now if you wish to make that property whole, great. But then today you should be willing to authorize the state to write a check for 20- to 25-thousand dollars to that individual farmer.”

Minnesota’s 2015 law requires farmers take “buffer strips” along waterways out of production to minimize runoff into rivers and lakes.