Minnesota House Ag Committee unanimously passes drought relief package
The Minnesota House Agriculture Committee has passed the drought relief package proposed by Governor Walz.
The proposal will next be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee.
Chair Mike Sundin, a Democrat from Esko, says thousands of Minnesota farmers suffered economic setbacks caused by the drought.
“But some had it much worse than others (and) these funds will target the most severely-impacted counties. These funds won’t make every farmer whole, but it will help with a significant bill or additional expense caused by the drought.”
The legislation includes $5 million in grants and other direct financial assistance, as well as an additional $5 million for the Rural Finance Authority’s revolving loan account targeted toward drought relief.
Minnesota Farmers Union president Gary Wertish welcomed the bipartisan action and says he’s looking forward to a vote on the House floor “soon.”