Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Farm Bill Conference Committee

“Minnesota Farm Bureau is pleased that Congress has taken steps to move forward on negotiations to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the 2013 farm bill,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “Moving to conference committee is an important step in providing an adequate safety net for farmers and ranchers. Yet, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.”


“Minnesota farmers are fortunate to have our voice represented with Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Representative Tim Walz and Senator Amy Klobuchar serving on the conference committee. We appreciate their leadership,” said Paap.


“Both the Senate and House bills provide a food and farm safety net for consumers and farmers,” said Paap. “While there are still many differences that need to be settled, we are hopeful that Congress will finally pass a five-year farm bill that meets farmers’ needs while also contributing significant savings to reduce our federal deficit. It’s time to get a farm bill done.”


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