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Klobuchar Farm Bill provisions implemented

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing two Farm Bill provisions she authored to help protect farmers and ranchers and improve conservation.

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The first provision 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 second provision will protect native prairie by making small changes to the crop insurance program. This will reduce the incentive to grow crops for the first time on native prairie, encouraging conservation of grasslands that wildlife use as habitat.

The USDA will also implement another Klobuchar-authored provision that will eliminate payment reductions for grazing livestock on Conservation Reserve Program acres for new and beginning farmers.

Additional USDA initiatives will be aimed at strengthening the financial security for beginning farmers and ranchers.

Klobuchar was a member of the Farm Bill conference committee, which was responsible for crafting the final Farm Bill.