Agriculture Committee Gives Drought Update

We are now hearing the impact of farmers as about 90% of the state was under severe drought conditions this past summer. 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota leaders in agriculture gathered Tuesday morning to talk about the recent droughts regions across the state have experienced.

We are now hearing the impact of farmers as about 90% of the state was under severe drought conditions this past summer.

Back in September, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a ten million dollar drought relief package through rapid relief grants for livestock and crop producers.

This would help farmers pay their premiums as they try to weather the storm something each farmer affected needs to keep their business going.

“Farming is a business. And we had businesses in Minneapolis that got burned out. that had to wait a year to apply for aid and there’s still no guarantee they will be made whole. Crop insurance is heavily subsidized by the public so I don’t think it’s too much to ask to demonstrate need,” DFL District 52A Representative, Rick Hansen says.

Minnesota Farmers Union says it is critical that Governor Walzs’ relief package gets passed before the 2022 season as resources for them are already running short.

 

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