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DROUGHT

The 2021 drought was most intense in northern Minnesota but producers in all but four Minnesota counties will be eligible for state aid.
Drought relief in Minnesota is aimed at livestock producers, including dairy farmers, and at specialty crop farmers, like those who grow fruits and vegetables, who might sell through farmers markets. Drought-related expenses from June 1, 2021, to May 22, 2022, are eligible.
North Dakota has finally left severe drought status due to the spring storm events. However, parts of South Dakota are still in extreme drought status and are in need of moisture.
The Leingang family of St. Anthony, North Dakota explains how their cattle and crop farm-ranch operation weathered the April blizzards and how planting season has been delayed, but buoyed because of the resulting moisture.

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The 2021 drought was most intense in northern Minnesota but producers in all but four Minnesota counties will be eligible for state aid.
Monday, May 23, deadline looms for drought relief, supplemental agriculture budget.
"When we look at midsummer — June, July and August — there is a very strong consensus among the climate models and forecasters that this summer will be a hot one,” SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards said.
Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021 should begin receiving emergency relief payments through the Farm Service Agency’s new Emergency Relief Program to offset crop yield and value losses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
Quaal Dairy in Otter Tail County sold off most of its herd in April. Vernon Quaal says the 2021 drought drastically cut into its feed supply and the rising prices for feed made maintaining the 300 cow herd unstainable. Quaal says many dairies are suffering. But he is determined to build back up, with a crop of bred heifers ready to calve in September.
A series of storms brought around 4 feet of snow to some parts of the region. While the storm and its aftermath continue to stress ranchers and cattle, there is optimism that it spells the beginning of the end of a dry cycle.

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Minnesota lawmakers met for the first time on Tuesday to start bridging gaps between plans approved by the House and Senate that could send out grants and loans to farmers and ranchers.
Ranchers who have approved applications through the 2021 Livestock Forage Disaster Program for forage losses because of drought or wildfire will soon get the payments, USDA said on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
Water quality continues to be a challenge as spring and summer months approach.

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