How Minnesota Farmers Deal With Extreme Weather, Inflation, and Supply Chain Issues


Heavy rains and high winds have caused problems for many Minnesota farmers this spring. And that’s just the last challenge. After last year’s historic drought, farmers now face supply chain problems, rising costs, bird flu and instability caused by international conflicts.

Governor Tim Walz recently signed an omnibus agriculture bill that will fund drought relief, rural broadband and support for emerging farmers.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, MPR News host Angela Davis speaks with the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture and representatives from the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association about the state of the agriculture.

And we want to hear from you: if you are a farmer, how are you? How are rising costs and bad weather affecting your farm? And if you are a consumer, what concerns do you have about how rising costs will affect you? Call us at 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 9 a.m. hour or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR.

Guests:

  • Thom Peterson is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

  • Anne Schwagerl is the vice president of the Minnesota Farmers Union. She owns and operates a farm in Browns Valley, Minnesota.

  • mike skaug is the president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. He owns and operates a farm in Beltrami, Minnesota.

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