State suggests crop insurance during drought

Minnesotans learned in recent days that while floods are less likely than most recent years a drought could expand, prompting state officials to urge farmers to consider buying crop insurance.

Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said farmers need to consider signing up for the insurance by a March 15 deadline.

“Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and Minnesota farmers may stand to benefit from that wisdom this growing season,” said Rothman, the state’s insurance regulator. “If dry conditions persist in the weeks and months ahead, having proper crop insurance coverage could be crucial.”

The National Weather Service reports that more than 96 percent of Minnesota faces moderate to severe drought conditions.

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