Governor Tim Walz is hoping state lawmakers will pass a new $10 million drought relief proposal to support Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season.

“Our hope is to be able to move this package maybe in conjunction with our essential workers as we talk about a special session this fall to move that money as quickly as possible.”

The Governor’s relief package, introduced today, includes $5 million in rapid response grants to provide drought relief for livestock producers and specialty crop producers. The funding proposal also includes $5 million for the Rural Finance Authority’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program.