Minnesota Senate DFL

Zero interest loans available for flood-affected farmers

In response to recent flooding, the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) has lowered its interest rate on the Disaster Loan program to zero percent to help farmers cover the costs of replacing and repairing damaged or lost items that were not covered by insurance. This includes farmers in Dodge, Rice, Steele and Waseca Counties.

Tractor rollover protection program begins in Minnesota

Minnesota farmers now have an easier way to get tractor safety equipment thanks to a new program that will improve farm safety. The ROPS Rebate Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping, and installing a rollover protection kit—a roll bar and seatbelt—limiting applicants’ cost per tractor to no more than $500. It also provides help to farmers with identifying and pricing the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.

Rural initiatives that did not pass

Greater MN internship program makes changes  The Greater Minnesota Internship Program began in 2014, to incentivize students to take internships in rural Minnesota. The program began as a tax credit. However, the program had difficulty enrolling businesses. To better suit the needs of businesses, legislation was heard in the higher education committee to change the […] Read more

Iron Range unemployment benefits extension

In direct response to the crisis facing thousands of Iron Range workers, the House and Senate passed legislation extending unemployment insurance benefits to hundreds of workers. This extension will provide up to 26 weeks of coverage for those directly affected by mine layoffs and the people affected in related industries. The Iron Range is facing […] Read more

Rural Minnesota health delivery grants

The Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission discovered major discrepancies in rural Minnesota’s health delivery workforce. It was recommended to the Legislature that funding should be increased for family medicine residencies in rural and underserved urban communities. The funding should also include support of physician assistant clinical placements in rural areas. This bill would create the […] Read more

MA rate increase to help emergency ambulance services

This bill provides a Medical Assistance (MA) rate increase for rural ambulance services. There is a growing sparsity of rural ambulance providers, leading to longer driving distances and dangerous wait times for patients. The MA rate increase would amount to a 5% increase. In order to receive this increase, the emergency ambulance provider has to […] Read more