A major drought overtook Minnesota during 2021, as persistent moisture deficits combined with above-normal temperatures across the state. In some parts of the state, the drought was as serious as anything experienced in over 40 years, for most other parts of the state it was the worst drought in 10-30 years.
The Senate this week voted for a $8.5 million package for relief from that drought for the state’s farmers.
$7 million was in direct financial aid to livestock farmers and specialty crop farmers, as the cost of feeding cattle skyrocketed and crops grown for farmers markets were hit especially hard. Another $1.5 million was included for the Rural Finance Authority’s low interest loan program, focused on drought relief.
Senate DFLers have been fighting for this bill since the idea was first brought forward last fall and are proud to see the bill pass today. They will continue to fight for farmers as the bill heads into conference committee and as we move forward in session. (HF 3420)