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State House Passes Act That Helps Preserve Family Farms

H.3915, An Act to establish estate tax valuation for farms, would change the method for assessment of the estate tax valuation for agricultural land. Pignatelli, of Lenox, worked with Hogan to include the agricultural estate tax reform bill as part of a larger environmental bond bill that seeks to address the commonwealth's climate change preparedness and response plans.

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Specialty Minerals Approved to Restore Protective Berm for Farmland

Specialty Minerals Inc. will build a permanent water control system to stop flooding on a piece of property owned by Broadlawn Farm. The Conservation Commission approved a Notice of Intent from Specialty Minerals on Thursday to correct flooding issues caused by a past project that for years has affected Tim Ziemba's property on the east side of Route 8, along the Hoosic River.

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