Late season rains have improved conditions, but Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says 30 percent of Minnesota remains in severe drought. “It really lingered from St. Cloud north and we’re still concerned about the availability of feed and for farmers, the forage price is high.” Due a political stalemate, a special legislative session to deal with drought relief is not likely. Petersen says MDA will make the case for that assistance in the general session. “It would be February before anything would really get started, but, the state has a surplus now and this help for farmers and ranchers would be really helpful.” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz addressed the AgriGrowth meeting. Walz praised the agriculture sector for the resilience and innovation seen during the pandemic.
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