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Franken meets with farmers on need to pass five-year Farm Bill

Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told a group of more than 60 farmers, ranchers, and farm leaders in Mankato that he will continue to press to enact a five-year Farm Bill as soon as possible.

Thursday's meeting in Mankato at the Minnesota Soybean Growers Headquarters was one of a number of meetings Franken has been holding around the state to hear from farmers and farm leaders about the Farm Bill. Last year the Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill, but House leaders refused to allow it to come to a vote.

"Farmers all over Minnesota have told me they need a five-year Farm Bill to plan for future crops," said Franken. "Getting the Farm Bill signed into law as soon as possible is a top priority for me and it should be for everyone in Congress."

Franken is a cosponsor of the Farm Bill in the Senate. The 2012 Farm Bill that passed in the Senate included Franken's provision - backed by Minnesota farm groups - to help farmers and small businesses save money and earn income by investing in renewable energy and energy-efficient technology. The 2012 measure also included a provision Franken co-authored to support beginning farmers. The House of Representatives did not take up the bill and forced a temporary Farm Bill extension that will end in September.