The Biden Administration has selected Rod Snyder as the Environmental Protection Agency Senior Advisor for Agriculture. For the past seven years, Snyder has been president of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Previously, Snyder worked for the National Corn Growers Association and CropLife America.
After meeting with state legislative leaders on Tuesday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz followed up with a letter asking lawmakers to be ready to pass essential legislation during an upcoming special session. Walz laid out an agenda on issues like front-line worker pay, drought relief and additional COVID-19 pandemic response in the letter. Walz is ready to call a special session as soon as legislative leaders and the administration can come to agreement on key issues.
Today, Governor Tim Walz announced a $10 million drought relief package to support Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season.
“Historic drought conditions have created extreme stress and financial hardship for our farmers and livestock producers during an already difficult time for the agricultural industry,” said Governor Walz. “As governor, and as someone who grew up on a family farm, I stand with our farmers. This funding will provide much-needed relief to Minnesota’s agricultural community and help ensure our farmers can keep feeding Minnesota and the world.”
The Governor’s proposal includes $5 million in rapid response grants to provide drought relief for livestock producers and specialty crop producers. Examples of eligible costs include water handling equipment such as water tanks, pipeline, and water wagons, water hauling, wells, and irrigation equipment.
The funding proposal also includes $5 million for the Rural Finance Authority’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program. The Rural Finance Authority’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program makes zero-interest loans available immediately for Minnesota farmers whose operations are suffering from lack of rain. The Disaster Recovery Loan Program can be used to help cover lost revenue or expenses not covered by insurance.
More details on the drought relief package will be announced soon.
This summer, Governor Walz met with agricultural leaders across the state to hear how the drought has impacted them. Governor Walz also met with President Joe Biden and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask that all levels of government work together to address the impacts of this drought on Minnesota’s farmers.
North Dakota lawmakers will meet in Bismarck beginning November 8 for a special legislative session. The session will address redistricting and appropriating federal COVID relief funds.
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