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WRENSHALL - Mark Thell has owned a cattle farm in Wrenshall for decades.
Weather has never been perfect throughout all of these years, but that last couple have been exceptionally rough.
"The extreme conditions of last spring early into June’s heavy rains and then we had a flood on top of it," Thell explained.
Having faced a flood and then months of drought has made things diificult.
"We lose April because it snowed," Thell said. "Then turn around and May is cold, we see 30-some-odd days of 49 degrees up here, nothing is going to grow."
All of this has created a hay shortage.
Farmers are now having to buy hay from outside their own farm, and if the forage is too expensive it could put some farmers out of business.
"The Dairy farmers are really hurting because if they start having to pay 300 bucks a ton for alfalfa hay for their animals," Thell said. "$150-$200 is something they can live with, but when you start jacking it up that high because it is not out there, they start hurting."
Now Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to help these farmers out.
More state land is going to be opened up for haying and grazing and he is asking the USDA to loosen up on their regulations as well.
These changes can hopefully produce more hay and also lower costs.
"If there is anything these programs can set up to boost quantity in the market place, it is going to be better for everybody," Thell said.