Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is hopeful to hear approval on the Secretarial Disaster Designation request for 12 Minnesota counties soon. “Under Secretary Northey and Agriculture Secretary Perdue have both reached out to us. Both are receptive to the request. Our hope was to have approval by the end of November, but I think that may be a bit optimistic,” says Walz. “We’re trying to do things in Minnesota with the hours of service on moving propane and start to look into the next legislative session on what can be done (buffer credits and tax policies). Up north, this thing will be a slow, unfolding disaster. Next spring will be really challenging. I don’t say that for hyperbole, I think the people who farm in the northern part of the state know it’s coming.” Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen tells the Red River Farm Network there may be counties added to the designation. “We’re considering lower counties like Stevens, Grant and Traverse and other counties in western Minnesota.”
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