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Ag producers have an additional month for farm program sign-up. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time extension for farmers to update yield history or reallocate base acres. The deadline was to be today but now is March 31st. That date was and continues to be the deadline for farmers to choose between the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.
MN DOT is increasing speed limits from 55 to 60 mph on about 340 miles of two-lane highways in northern and western Minnesota. The higher speed limits are the result of a study that determined that there wouldn't be any harm if the speed limit was just a little higher. MN DOT's Julie Whitcher adds the new limits more closely resemble the speed most people are actually driving.
Governor Dayton says he'll continue pushing for a gas tax increase even though the latest forecast shows Minnesota's budget surplus nearly doubling to $1.9 million. The governor argues a dedicated revenue stream is essential to correct deficiencies in Minnesota's transportation system and build a firm base for the future. He says one-time additional money just gives a "little boost" to funding for only one construction season.