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Minnesota opens requests for drought relief – Agweek

By on June 21, 2022 0

ST. PAUL – Livestock and specialty crop growers in Minnesota can now claim up to $7,500 per farm in reimbursement for expenses incurred due to last year’s drought.

Applications opened on Tuesday, June 21 for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Agricultural Drought Relief Program, or ADRoP.

The Minnesota Legislature has earmarked $8.1 million for ADRoP, which will reimburse farmers for drought-related expenses incurred after June 1, 2021 and before May 23, 2022.

The application is available online on the department’s website

drought relief page

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Farms must be in a county designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a primary natural disaster zone after July 19, 2021 and before January 1, 2022, or in a county contiguous to a designated county. All Minnesota counties except Goodhue, Rice, Wabasha and Winona are eligible.

Eligible expenses for specialty crop growers include water treatment equipment; water transport; well; irrigation equipment; replacement plants, seeds or seedlings; additional hired labor; farmers’ market fees for canceled markets; and more.

Eligible expenses for livestock keepers include water-related expenses; food-related expenses; personalized bond; equipment rental; transport of livestock; dredging of livestock ponds; replanting cover crops, pastures or fodder; fencing; grazing rights; additional hired labor; and more.

Thom Peterson

“Last year’s drought caused a lot of farmers a hard time, and we want to get them some help so they can pay some bills,” Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said. in a press release. “Whether it’s buying feed, installing irrigation or something else, we know there were a lot of additional costs last year that we hope to offset with this opportunity.”

Along with a completed application, you must submit an IRS W-9 form and a list of all drought-related expenses. Documentation of these expenses does not need to be submitted with the application, but you must be able to make it available for review upon request.

If the total amount requested from all eligible applicants during the initial application period exceeds the total amount of funds available, all applications will be pro-rated.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application through the online grant management system to ensure it is received in a timely manner. Applications completed online or submitted by email must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. July 6, 2022. Mailed applications must be postmarked July 6 and received no later than July 12, 2022 .

Farmers can email [email protected] or call the Grants Line at 651-201-6500 with questions.