U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office kicked off her Farm Bill Tour yesterday and made a stop in Stevens County at the Soils Lab in Morris Tuesday morning.
Members of Klobuchar’s staff was joined with Minnesota agriculture leaders, including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, to gather input from Minnesotans through public forums on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill.
The staff played a recorded message from Klobuchar at the beginning of the meeting.
Following the Senator’s message, the floor was open to members of the public to bring up questions and concerns, as well as a one-on-one period for people to bring issues to the staff and leaders in a more private setting.
Klobuchar helped craft the current Farm Bill, which was designed to reduce the deficit, strengthen the crop insurance program, eliminate direct payments, boost conservation, maintain the sugar program, and keep nutrition programs strong for Minnesota families. She also pushed for several key provisions to support rural development projects, conservation programs, agricultural research, and the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program. Klobuchar’s measure to help beginning farmers and ranchers access crop insurance by reducing the cost of insurance by 10 percent for these producers in their first five years was also included in the final bill.
The Farm Bill was last reauthorized in 2014 and will require Congressional reauthorization in 2018.