During a stop at a Crookston farm, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he does not expect USDA to open CRP for haying and grazing before August 1, citing a lawsuit that has influenced the process. The governor spoke with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack twice in the past week and said USDA understands the urgency of the situation. “They were very responsive, but this feels like a once-in-a-generation drought and maybe we need to approach it that way.” In a media briefing, Walz acknowledged the state misses having a Minnesotan at the helm of the House Agriculture Committee. “What I can tell you is calls would have speeded up with the chairman (Representative Collin Peterson) and creativity would have been more likely.” Rather than partisan politics, Walz said emphasized the importance of seniority in Congress.
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