During the general session of the Prairie Grains Conference, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen told attendees the Department of Agriculture is working to help farmers get through tough times. “We hope to have an announcement on the Secretarial Disaster Designation for 12 Minnesota counties soon. The USDA is collecting data. They’re hopeful to have it ready by the end of the year,” said Petersen. “Our Rural Finance Authority is also running short on money. We’ll be asking the Minnesota Legislature to replenish our funds for that in 2020.”
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