Franken Requests Feed Aid to Minnesota Farmers

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Al Franken sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting assistance in alleviating the feed and forage shortage facing livestock producers in southern Minnesota. In his letter, Franken expresses an urgen request for waiving USDA rules against harvesting emergency forage crops before the November 1st date.

Find the full letter below, as dictated by the Al Franken official website.


The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250

Dear Secretary Vilsack:

I am writing to seek your assistance regarding the recent feed and forage shortage in southeastern Minnesota. Because of an extensive alfalfa winterkill and severe weather conditions that have prevented spring planting, producers in southeastern Minnesota are experiencing a shortage of feed for their livestock.

I have been working with farmers, farm organizations, and officials from your agency to find a solution that could address this serious problem. The solution we have identified requires your agency to waive the requirement that prevented planting acres not be harvested until November 1st. Waiving this requirement will allow affected producers to harvest cover crops earlier and utilize them to help alleviate feed and forage shortages.

I therefore respectfully request that you take immediate action to waive the November 1st prevented planting harvest date, or any other action that would similarly benefit affected producers.

I appreciate your consideration of this request.

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