Posted: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:52AM
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Farm Bill has passed the Senate Agriculture Committee with strong bipartisan support.
The bill reduces the deficit by $24 billion and includes Klobuchar's provisions to make it easier for beginning farmers and ranchers to access crop insurance and land for cattle grazing, and help pork and poultry producers reduce catastrophic losses. The bill also includes an amendment led by Klobuchar to support conservation efforts, agricultural research, rural development, and energy programs.
Klobuchar also included a provision that would require a feasibility study for insuring swine producers against catastrophic losses, and she also cosponsored a provision that would require a feasibility study for insuring turkey and chicken producers against catastrophic losses.
Another provision Klobuchar authored would authorize a joint study by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Transportation to examine rural transportation issues, including captive shipping issues, to help farmers and ranchers move their products more quickly and efficiently.
The bill also includes an amendment led by Klobuchar to fund regional conservation efforts, provide support to agricultural research, to address the backlog of Rural Development waste water loans.