U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced an announcement on Wednesday that farmers and ranchers in Counties Murray and Redwood are eligible for emergency loans and other aid.
Klobuchar and Smith said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has expelled farmers and ranchers in 18 Minnesota counties whose farms are suffering from this summer’s intense and worsening drought and are eligible for federal disaster relief. The ministerial appointment comes less than a week since Vilsack joined the two senators on a Minnesota farm to study the effects of the drought.
The Senators said Vilsack’s disaster label is questioning hard-hit producers in three major Minnesota counties and 15 adjacent counties for emergency loans and other aid. The primary counties include Blue Earth, Clay, and Cottonwood counties. The 15 contiguous counties include Counties Becker, Martin, Otter Tail, Brown, Murray, Redwood, Faribault, Nicollet, Waseca, Jackson, Nobles, Watonwan, Le Sueur, Norman and Wilkin.
“The drought in the upper Midwest has created incredibly difficult conditions for Minnesota’s farmers and ranchers.” said Klobuchar. “This naming will help provide relief during this challenging time, and I will continue to push for action and resources to meet the needs of our rural communities.”
“Minnesota farmers and ranchers continue to be devastated by this intense drought.” said blacksmith. “I was delighted that Secretary Senator Klobuchar and I went to a farm in Minnesota last week to see the extent of the drought damage for ourselves and to hear from producers and farm leaders how urgent we need to address the damage this drought is causing us has condition. That naming will help, but I will continue to urge further action to deal with the nationwide effects of this summer’s drought. “
Earlier this month, Vilsack identified several other Minnesota counties as eligible for drought aid.