Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap along with several of the group’s members are in the nation’s capital this week trying to drum up help for the state’s producers impacted by the forage crisis. In many cases Hay is running out or has reached astronomical prices due to last year’s drought and winterkill effects. Paap says they’re running into legal entanglements in trying to free up prevent acres for harvest.
Paap and his group have met with the head of the Farm Service Agency, the state’s Congressional Delegation and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s Chief of staff as well as the head of the Risk Management Agency. He says they’re trying to get whatever help may be available.
He says the forage shortage problem has been compounded by the fact Minnesota has been deluged by rain 51 of the last 71 days which has made it impossible to harvest anything.