CAPITOL UPDATE FROM REPRESENTATIVE DEB KIEL

Dear Neighbors,

I am proud to announce the roll out of the new Dairy Assistance, Investment and Relief Initiative (DAIRI) program, which will provide financial assistance for small- to medium-size dairy producers who enroll for five years of coverage in the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Dairy Margin Coverage program. Through the Agriculture and the Jobs omnibus bills during special session last month, we provided $8 million for DAIRI to ensure that our dairy farmers can continue the work that is so vital to our state. The DAIRI program officially began yesterday, as announced by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

To apply, or for information on how to qualify, please visit www.mda.state.mn.us/dairi.

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My door is always open to the needs and priorities of our area. Please feel free to let me know if I can be of assistance to you or your family. I am here to serve you!

Sincerely,

Deb