Minnesota livestock farmers and specialty crop producers who incurred expenses due to last year’s drought can apply for up to $7,500 per farm in reimbursement through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2021 Agricultural Drought Relief Program (ADRoP) when it opens in mid-June. 

The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $8.1 million for ADRoP, which will reimburse farm operators for drought-related expenses incurred after June 1, 2021, and before May 23, 2022. 

Farms must be located in a county designated by the United States Department of Agriculture as a primary natural disaster area after July 19, 2021 and before January 1, 2022, or in a county contiguous to a designated county. 

All Minnesota counties except Goodhue, Rice, Wabasha, Winona are eligible. 

The application window will run approximately 10-12 business days and applicants are highly encouraged to submit their application through the online grants management system to ensure it is received in a timely manner. 

The application window will be announced when finalized.