U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing two critical Farm Bill provisions she authored to help protect farmers and ranchers and improve conservation.
The USDA is implementing Klobuchar's provision that will help beginning farmers and ranchers access crop insurance by cutting the costs of insurance by 10 percent and waiving administrative fees during their first five years of farming. The agency will also implement a measure that will protect native prairie by making small changes to the crop insurance program to reduce the incentive to grow crops for the first time on native prairie, encouraging conservation of grasslands that wildlife use as habitat.
The USDA recently announced it would be implementing another Klobuchar-authored provision that will eliminate payment reductions for grazing livestock on Conservation Reserve Program acres for new and beginning farmers.