Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a $10 million drought relief package to support Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by the severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season. Much of the state has experienced moderate to extreme drought this year, with portions of the state in exceptional drought. The proposal includes $5 million in rapid response grants to help reimburse farmers for water hauling, wells and irrigation. There’s also $5 million included for the Rural Finance Authority’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program. The drought relief package will be considered in an upcoming special session of the Minnesota Legislature, expected to happen in October.
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