House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson told local farmers and ranchers Saturday farm bill implementation is top-of-mind, especially the new dairy program. Peterson said education will be key for its success. “The old dairy program didn’t work and people got soured on it. I’m a little concerned people aren’t going to sign up for the new program, because they aren’t going to seriously look at it,” said Peterson. “Whenever the sign-up happens, if it’s in February or March, it’ll be retroactive to January 1.” Peterson also answered haying and grazing questions on the Conservation Reserve Program. Finally, he said the partial government shutdown did impact farm bill implementation. “It has delayed us probably good month and a half on the dairy stuff, which could be fatal. I think it’s a real problem.” The committee will meet Thursday to organize.
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