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Federal bill may aid state farmers

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota farmland could serve as a laboratory for new federally directed research into the next phase of renewable energy.

Congress has begun writing new federal agriculture legislation, which will replace the existing farm bill that expires in September. While the 2007 farm bill is still months away from completion, recent work by the House Agriculture Committee indicates Minnesota stands to benefit from a greater focus on plant-based energy and fuel production.

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