I joined our Minnesota Senators and Rep. Walz in announcing the USDA has issued a disaster declaration for counties in Minnesota affected by the ongoing drought. This declaration means that farmers in these counties are now eligible for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to help cover crop or livestock losses.
I am pleased that USDA will be able to provide some relief to Minnesota's farmers and ranchers who, much like farmers across the country, have been devastated by this summer's drought conditions. Farmers need a strong safety net when disaster strikes which is why I am continuing to urge Congress to pass the five-year farm bill this year. The declaration designates Lac Qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties as a primary disaster area. Big Stone, Chippewa, Sibley, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Renville and Swift have also been designated as contiguous disaster counties.