Minnesota will receive around $17 million from the federal government to help with the drought. On Friday, Governor Tim Walz met virtually with the agriculture community for feedback on how that money could be used. “We’re only in the beginning of August,” said Walz. “We are understanding not all of the farmers are in the same position with the exact same needs.” Glenwood, Minnesota dairy farmer Suzanne Vold needs cattle feed. “We’re working with our lender to use Rural Finance Authority loans, but our lender is recommending us to wait. We do have conservation acres we could hay, but they’re not available yet.” Bejou, Minnesota farmer Mike Gunderson is concerned about the future of the industry. “If you can find any hay to purchase, is it economical to do that? If it’s going to cost an extra $300 to $400 a year to feed cows, unless calves go up in price, I don’t see the economics of staying in business.” Walz said there may be ways for state lawmakers to get involved to help in the upcoming special session.
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