Drought has expanded in Minnesota in recent weeks. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says the state is taking a proactive approach to these dry conditions. “Some of the things we’re looking at is the opening of state land and make them available for grazing and haying; the DNR owns quite a bit of farmland in the state.” Rural Finance Authority loans may also be an option for the disaster response. “Not that farmers need another loan, but this is zero percent interest and we’ll be deciding that soon.”
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