Nearly 100 Minnesota farm structures have failed in the winter conditions and 50 animals have perished as a result. Minnesota Farm Service Agency Executive Director Joe Martin says the hardest hit area is southeastern Minnesota, but the northern and west central parts of the state are also being impacted. Martin says animal losses are the most critical to report to your county FSA office. “We do have the Livestock Indemnity Program. If you lose animals, we need you to report that within 30 days. We can compensate you for 75 percent of the market value for those lost animals,” says Martin. “For structure losses, call your insurance provider first and then, call the FSA. We do have some loan options available, if needed.”
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