ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Some Minnesota farmers are anxiously awaiting a drought relief package from the Minnesota Legislature, as Republican lawmakers and the governor continue trying to reach agreement for a special session amid a tangle of COVID politics.

Dan Glessing, newly-elected president of Minnesota Farm Bureau, says assistance is important for producers who fed their winter supply of forage to their livestock last summer because pastures were dried up.

“When your winter supply is gone and you’re just coming into winter, that certainly is a problem,” said  Glessing.

He worries some producers are faced with having to liquidate their herds and he’d like state lawmakers to pass a drought relief bill before Christmas.