The Minnesota Farm Service Agency is monitoring and accessing agricultural damages across the state for a Secretarial disaster declaration. During a roundtable discussion in East Grand Forks, MN FSA State Executive Director Joe Martin stressed his office needs data from counties in order to consider and prepare a declaration. “The trigger for a USDA Secretarial declaration is a 30 percent loss on one crop in a county. We won’t know a lot of that until the crop is harvested,” said Martin. Another piece to the puzzle during this challenging agricultural economy is the relationship between farmers and lenders. Martin said farm credit is meant to be there for farmers in tough times. “The linkage between a declaration is financing. For those farmers in disaster areas there would be some potential, but it’s going to take a strong partnership with the banking community.”
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