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Minnesota Farm Bureau commends Senate for passing five-year farm bill

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“We appreciate the Senate’s decision to protect and strengthen the federal crop insurance program and not reduce its funding, as well as the approval of a commodity program that provides farmers varied safety net options,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “This proposed bill will encourage farmers to follow market signals. Most importantly, the bill is fiscally responsible.”

“We thank Senators Klobuchar and Franken for voting in support of the final bill. A special thank you to Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on the farm bill conference committee,” said Paap. “They had many tough decisions to make but were able to move forward with a solid bill that includes many Farm Bureau supported provisions.”

“It’s been a tough road for the legislation, but we are pleased with the clear bipartisan vote that prevailed,” said Paap. “We need the final bill signed into law by President Obama so farmers and ranchers can have the certainty they need to make business decisions over the next five years and to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture time to begin implementation of the bill’s provisions.”

Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.

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