Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says local agriculture had its challenges and successes in 2019. “Last year was one of the wettest on record, the lowest farm income in 23 years and trade was a challenge.” There are positives in the start of the new year. “In 2020, we have trade agreements signed and are hopeful for better weather.” The Minnesota Department of Agriculture wants to continue the positive by making the Rural Finance Authority a priority in the upcoming legislative session. “We need money. We’ll run out at some point and we’ll have a $50 million ask of the legislature to replenish the funds.”
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