Dairy assistance among this week’s legislative priorities

Minnesota is losing dairy farmers at an alarming rate due to market pressure. To add insult to injury, the weight of recent snow accumulation has collapsed barns and has prohibited tanker trucks from accessing farms – resulting in farmers dumping milk. Two bills were heard this week to help farmers access aid for their businesses. Additionally, a bill was heard to expand access to the Disaster Recovery Loan program managed by the Department of Agriculture. Should the bill pass, the program will help farmers with collapsed barns or destroyed machinery access zero- or low-interest loans as they recover from the loses on their farms caused by recent weather events. (SF 1698, SF 1699, SF 2225)