Klobuchar calls farm bill deal ‘critical step’ 29 Jan 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the crafting of a compromise five-year farm bill is a critical step toward providing support and certainty for Minnesota farmers.

The Minnesota Democrat was on the conference committee that completed the bill Monday. It now goes to the House and Senate floors for final votes, possibly starting as early as today.

Klobuchar says the bill strengthens the crop insurance program, boosts energy and conservation programs, reduces the deficit, and gives farmers and ranchers the certainty they need for planning purposes. She also says the farm bill maintains the sugar program, which is important for Minnesota’s sugarbeet farmers, and protects nutrition programs, which include food stamps.

She says she successfully fought to support rural development projects, conservation programs, agricultural research, and energy programs.