6/28/2018 11:40:00 AM Klobuchar staff, local farmers discuss farm bill, ag issues
By Karen M. Jorgensen
Area farmers and others interested in agriculture had a chance to speak with members of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's staff last week about agricultural issues and the 2018 farm bill at a session at the Dodge County Government Center in Mantorville.
While the meeting was billed as a chance for farmers to find out about the progress of the farm bill, the question-and-answer period also gave the farmers a chance to tell the staff what their major concerns were.
The bill that was passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee June 13 on a 20-1 bipartisan vote included several provisions introduced by Klobuchar. The bill includes provisions to increase investment in renewable energy, promote precision agriculture, create an animal disease and disaster program and support dairy and beginning farmers, Klobuchar said in a video.
"Our farmers are facing a lot right now, everything from low prices to late winter weather in the Midwest," Klobuchar said. "It makes it even more important that we come together with a solid and consistent farm policy out of the Congress when farmers are facing those kinds of headwinds."
Chuck Ackman, a member of Klobuchar's staff, said that the purpose of the Dodge County meeting and others around the state, were not only to explain what is in the Senate version of the bill, but also get the opinions of state farmers.
"We need to hear the feedback and get the information back to the senator," he said.
The farm bill addresses several areas of concern, Ackman and other staff members said.
Improved risk management tools bring more certainty for farmers and ranchers given the volatile market conditions and natural disasters that can strike at any time.
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