The gridlock in Washington D.C. may soon be felt at a grocery store near you. While lawmakers are expected to vote on a budget deal on Thursday, it’s a different bill that could really impact your wallet. If Congress doesn’t pass a new farm bill by the end of the year milk prices could double.
Ed McNamara has been farming in Goodhue County for 36 years. As the old saying goes, he’s used to seeing corn knee-high by the Fourth of July. This year, he may not see it at all. “We’ve had wet periods but we’ve always been able to get a crop in. This is the first time that we’ve ever not been able to get the whole crop in,” McNamara said.
Some Upper Midwest farmers who thought they caught a break when the federal government eased crop insurance rules for land hit by prolonged flooding are finding it isn’t as easy to cash in as they first thought.
Because of a drought that’s affecting nearly all of Minnesota, state officials are telling farmers it’s time to consider crop insurance.