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Tax measure complicates farm bill debate

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REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - A tax proposal having little to do with agriculture is dividing Minnesota lawmakers involved in writing new federal farm legislation.

The issue - paying for part of the farm bill by tightening tax regulations on some foreign companies with U.S. business - elicited sharply different views from Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and four key legislators during a Tuesday forum at Farmfest.

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