With little fanfare, the Senate has passed its farm bill. Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts praised the bipartisan approach seen with this bill. “With 171 amendments and a vote of 86-11, getting this farm bill done has been a team effort. That action sends the legislation to a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. With low commodity prices, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said the farm bill provides the tools needed to help farmers deal with risk. “The improvements included in the commodity title will ensure more consistent payments across counties in the Agricultural Risk Coverage program. It also replaces the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers and invests additional funds into the new Dairy Risk Management program. RRFN’s Farm Bill Focus is sponsored, in part, by the National Farmers Union.
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