Minnesota Bill Would Reimburse Deer Farmers Who Lost Revenue Due to Emergency Movement Restrictions in 2021

Minnesota Senate File 3854 would establish a one-time appropriation for owners of farmed white-tail deer who lost revenue in 2021 due to emergency movement bans imposed to mitigate the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a fatal and highly contagious neurodegenerative disease affecting cervids which is categorized as a “prion disease” alongside bovine spongiform encephalopathy (colloquially known as “mad cow disease”) and scrapie. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy.