Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday's first meeting of the Farm Bill conference committee is an important step towards passing a long-term Farm Bill.
Klobuchar is a member of the conference committee, which is responsible for crafting the final version of the legislation. Today Klobuchar also spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to highlight the bill's bipartisan support as well as the critical role it plays in supporting Minnesota and the nation's economy.
The Senate Farm Bill reduces the deficit by $24 billion, strengthens the crop insurance program, eliminates direct payments, supports dairy producers, and includes nutrition programs for Minnesota families, a strong energy title as well as strong conservation programs.
Klobuchar successfully included a number of provisions in the Senate bill to support Minnesota's farmers and ranchers, including an amendment to fund regional conservation efforts. The bill also includes two of Klobuchar's provisions to help beginning farmers and ranchers.