Senate DFLers Advance Drought Relief, Continue to Press for Immediate Passage for Hard-Hit Farmers and Ranchers 

Following the Senate Finance Committee advancing a recovery package for Minnesota farmers and ranchers impacted by last year’s historic drought conditions, DFL Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee said they strongly support the increases made to grant-based relief and will continue to press for immediate passage of the bill, which would appropriate $7 million in new funding for grants to livestock and crop producers and an additional $1.5 million in low-interest loans. 

“I’m encouraged to see this important legislation heading to the floor,” says Senator Kent Eken (DFL – Audubon). “I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to ensure this relief continues to advance and makes it into the pockets of our farmers and ranchers.” 

“Glad to see my colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee advance this critical assistance.” says Senator Nick Frentz (DFL – North Mankato). “We are in the wake of the worst drought since 1988. Minnesota farmers and ranchers would greatly benefit from this relief. We should vote on this bill as soon as possible and I look forward to being a “YES” vote for our farmers.” 

“Minnesota’s farmers are still waiting for drought relief for a drought that occurred in 2021.” said Senator Erin Murphy (DFL – Saint Paul), ranking DFL-Lead on the Committee. “We need to get this bill over the finish line as quickly as possible so hard-hit producers get the relief they need.”

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Kent Eken represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state.

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Nick Frentz represents Senate District 19, which includes portions of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties in the south central part of the state.

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Erin Murphy represents Senate District 64, which includes portions of the Saint Paul community.

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