Drought relief checks to be sent out to Minnesota farmers this week

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State officials say they’ll begin to mail out drought relief checks to Minnesota farmers who applied for aid.

According to the state, the money will help cover drought related expenses from June 2021 to this past May.

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Due to the high number of applications received, the amount of aid farmers will receive will be lower than previously expected.

Instead of a maximum payout of $7,500 in past years, the most a farmer can receive is about $3,100.

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Members of the state legislature passed emergency funding to help farmers with recovery from last year’s drought.

As previously reported, April 2022 marked the first time since September 2020 that no part of the state was listed as having “severe drought” conditions.