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Fed cuts will hurt rural Minnesota

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The Farm Bill now being considered by the U.S. House isn’t all about farm programs and food stamps.

It also funds rural development programs, and that money will be missed more than most people realize if it goes away, according to St. Paul-based think tank Minnesota 2020.

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In any given year, Minnesota uses between $630 million to $760 million in annual grants and loans, according to Minnesota’s USDA Rural Development office.

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