This has been a tough winter with a lot of snow and cold temperatures. It seems the last few winters have been rather mild and I think we got used to it. This last winter was one that reminded me of the tough winters when I was growing up. There have been reports of building collapses because of the heavy snow load and livestock losses.

The Minnesota Farm Service Agency would like to remind farmers that if they sustained losses because of blizzards and winter weather or were impacted by floods this spring report it to your local Farm Service Agency Office (FSA.) Local FSA offices send the information to the Minnesota State FSA office and they send it on to the USDA in Washington D.C.

If losses in a county are high enough it could be declared a Disaster area and there may be some funds available to help those farmers impacted. In addition there are many FSA programs that farmers may qualify for along with other USDA programs. There is even a Livestock Indemnity Program that provides assistance to eligible producers that lost livestock. So contact your local FSA office as soon as possible.