Negotiations between the Minnesota House and Senate on a drought relief package for Minnesota farmers are “paused” until lawmakers return next week from their Passover/Easter break.  Amber Glaeser with Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation says for most of the general public, the drought is long past — however…

…”for livestock producers and our specialty crop farmers that didn’t have that safety net in place — and especially in the livestock side with trying to feed their livestock still in affordable feed — this really is still very needed.”

Elbow Lake Senator Torrey Westrom said before the break that one holdup is a provision in the House bill to help the D-N-R restore tree seedling supplies damaged by drought.  But House sponsor, Esko Democrat Mike Sundin (sun-DEEN) has signaled he’s willing to temporarily set that aside so the drought and avian flu package can move forward.