2021 Drought Relief

The Minnesota Legislature passed drought relief in the 2022 session. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is administering this program. An application period will open June 21, 2022. 

  • The online application will be open for 10-12 business days.
  • You must submit an Internal Revenue Service W-9 form along with your application.
  • MDA will accept mailed in applications, but they must be postmarked by the closing date.
  • MDA may open a second round of drought relief funding if there is budgeted money left after the first round.
  • Livestock producers and specialty crop producers are eligible to apply.
    List of what is included in "specialty crops"

MDA Drought Relief Web Page

Webinars and Workshops

  • Preparing to Apply for Drought Relief Webinar

  • Drought Relief 101 Webinar: Minnesota Farmers Union

  • How to Apply for the Drought Relief Webinar 

  • Drought Relief Application Clinic
    • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m.
    • Location: 
      The Good Acre

      1790 Larpenteur Ave W
      Falcon Heights, MN 55113
    • People will be present to help farmers complete applications.
    • Contact: David Van Eeckhout, david@thegoodacre.org 

Other Application Assistance:

University of Minnesota Extension Application Assistance
Call or email for assistance with applications
Call: 1-800-232-9077
Email: fil@umn.edu

USDA-ELAP Program for Livestock, Fish, and Honeybee farmers


The deadline to request ELAP assistance for hauling livestock to forage in 2021 is June 30, 2022. The deadline to request all ELAP assistance for 2022 calendar year losses will be Jan. 31, 2023.

In 2021, USDA updated ELAP policy to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA has expanded the program to help ranchers cover above normal costs of hauling livestock to forage or other grazing acres.

    This includes places where:
  • Drought intensity is D2 for eight consecutive weeks as indicated by the U.S. Drought Monitor; or
  • Drought intensity is D3 or greater; or
  • USDA has determined a shortage of local or regional feed availability.

Learn more about ELAP at your local Farm Service Agency office.