Ag secretary: Federal shutdown would hurt nutrition assistance, rural America
WIC food program for mothers and children - impacting over 100,000 Minnesotans - could collapse after only a day or two
September 27, 2023
Bonnie Haugen, a dairy farmer in rural Fillmore County in the southeastern corner of Minnesota, watches her mailbox each month for a check from the federal government.
In normal years, her Dairy Margin Coverage insurance program check - a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to buffer dairy producers from the viciousness of commodity cycles - might be close to zero.
But throughout the milking season of 2023, with dairy prices stuck in the basement, Haugen said that assistance has helped her operation avoid major losses.