One item that’s also tangled up in the stalemate at the Minnesota Legislature over COVID worker bonuses, is 10 million dollars in drought relief for farmers that Governor Tim Walz is asking lawmakers to approve. State Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says the situation has eased somewhat, but 50 percent of Minnesota is still in “severe” drought and 20 percent remains in the “extreme” category:
“That’s still a lot, and the damage was done there in August and in July. When we really needed those timely rains we didn’t get ’em. We’re getting ’em now.”
The Walz administration proposes five million dollars for what they call “rapid response” grants to farmers, plus an additional five million in zero-interest loans.