The Minnesota Senate votes to expand a zero-interest disaster loan program for farmers.

It comes just in time for producers whose buildings have been damaged by heavy snow this winter.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says around 75 barns statewide have collapsed this winter.

The bill adds uninsured losses from the weight of snow, sleet or ice to the list of damages covered by the disaster loan program.

It would be retroactive to Jan. 1.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously.

A similar bill awaits a vote on the House floor.

--KEYC News 12