MFU applauds passage of farm disaster relief bill
March 18, 2019
After a rough winter that caused damage to dozens of agricultural buildings, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is pleased that the state has offered some help.
Gov. Tim Walz has signed SF2225, a bill passed unanimously by both chambers of the State Legislature that allows the Rural Finance Authority to declare market emergencies, unlocking funding for farm weather disaster recovery not covered by insurance, as well as classifies snow and ice as eligible factors in applying for disaster loans.
“Weather damage has been adding insult to injury for farmers facing five years of negative income,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. “We appreciate the swift bipartisan action by the Legislature and Gov. Walz to provide some relief.”
More than 100 barns and sheds have collapsed across the state, according to reports from Minnesota Milk and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. It has led to many farmers selling or relocating their cattle, often at short notice.
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Minnesota Farmers Union—Standing for Agriculture, Working for Farmers (www.mfu.org).