Attracting and keeping good help on the farm can be a challenge. Minnesota Senator Tina Smith says being providing workers good housing options should not add to the difficulty. “For many years, USDA helped provide low interest mortgages for rental apartments in exchange for keeping those apartments affordable for low income people. A lot of those units are going away, they’re not going to be affordable anymore. That’s not going to be good for communities. People may want to move up the economic ladder and if they cannot find a place to live, it will be hard to do.”
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