Minnesota livestock producers and specialty crop farmers would receive drought relief funding under a bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee.  State Representative Mike Sundin of Esko says it includes five million dollars in grants and other direct financial assistance:

“Thousands of Minnesota farmers experienced real economic setbacks last year because of the drought, some had it much worse than others. These funds will target the most severely impacted counties. These funds won’t make every farmer whole but it will help.”

There’s also five million dollars for the Rural Finance Authority’s revolving loan account for drought relief.  The package will next be heard by the House Ways and Means Committee.