Farmers hurt by storms can get help

tornado_6.jpgImage from Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The tornadoes last week caused a lot of trouble for farmers — especially those with livestock.

The high winds blew down many barns, setting animals loose in the countryside. Those farmers are struggling now to find a way to care for the animals until they can rebuild.

The state agriculture department says it can help. Any farmer with a problem can call a toll-free help line, 1-877-898-MFAN (Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network).

The department also has a Disaster Recovery Loan Program, which can help farmers pay for a number of storm problems, including debris removal.

A press release provides more details.

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