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Farm Bureau commends House for passing five-year farm bill

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauded the U.S. House for moving forward to complete work on the bipartisan farm bill, the “Agriculture Act of 2014.”

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The bill, said the Farm Bureau, provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“We appreciate the House’s decision to protect and strengthen the federal crop insurance program and not reduce its funding, as well as the approval of a commodity program that provides farmers varied safety net options,” said MFBF president Kevin Paap. “This proposed bill will encourage farmers to follow market signals. Most importantly, the bill is fiscally responsible.

“We thank members of Congress Peterson, Walz, Kline, Paulsen, McCollum and Nolan for voting in support of the final bill. A special thank you to Minnesota’s farm bill conference committee members ranking member Peterson, Senator Klobuchar and Congressman Walz.

“This has been a long time coming, and we are closer to the finish line,” Paap continued. “We need the final bill passed out of the Senate and signed into law so farmers and ranchers can have the certainty they need to make business decisions over the next five years.”

MFBF, representing farmers, families and food, is comprised of 78 local farm bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public.

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