ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Governor Tim Walz today is announcing more than $7 million in support for Minnesota agricultural producers, meat processors and farmers amid COVID-19.

It’s funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act. Walz says when COVID-19 first struck, the fear of a break in the food supply was real.

“That did not happen because of America’s producers,” said Walz. “It didn’t happen because we are starting to figure out ways that you’re hearing from folks here – ways that we can do this more local, and then we do not have that break.”

In all,  $7.7 million will go to Minnesota farmers by the end of this year.

Walz made yesterday’s announcement in Northfield and visited farmers and industry leaders yesterday in Austin, and Albert Lea  to hear how they have been impacted by COVID-19.