MANKATO, Minn. — On Monday, Jan. 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota.
As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee member, 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 successfully 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.
Farm Bill Tour Dates/Locations:
Monday, January 23
Steele County Administration Building
630 Florence Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060
New Ulm City Hall
100 North Broadway Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
Marshall Public Library
201 C Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Tuesday, January 24
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, Community Room
2200 23rd Street NE
Willmar, MN 56201
USDA Agriculture Research Service North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory
803 Iowa Ave
Morris, MN 56267
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Oscar Bergos Center
1900 28th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56560
— Minnesota Soybean
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