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Walz asks USDA to help Minnesota livestock producers impacted by drought

Governor Walz is asking USDA to help Minnesota livestock producers impacted by drought.

In a letter addressed to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, Walz says he’s writing in support of a plan that allows emergency haying and grazing on eligible Conservation Reserve Program acres in counties experiencing Level D2 or greater drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly 40 percent of Minnesota is considered D2 or worse.

Walz calls the situation urgent, saying the quality of forage on CRP lands continues to deteriorate, and delaying access until August 1st would eliminate the advantages of the resource.

Walz says with continued assistance, Minnesota livestock producers will have a brighter outlook as they endure the harsh conditions and look forward to a thriving future.

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