South Dakota Senator John Thune went to the Senate floor, outlining numerous issues impacting the farm economy. Thune highlighted the move to higher blends of ethanol and recent trade action that could increase beef exports to Japan. Thune also said he is working with the Risk Management Agency to make sure farmers are treated fairly under the prevent plant and cover crop rules. “I’ve been working with the Agriculture Department to make certain the recently announced second round of Market Facilitation Program payments does not affect this year’s planting decisions. I’ve also requested that this second round of MFP payments provide equitable assistance to all producers, especially with those with failed and damaged crops or who were prevented from planting this year’s crop due to adverse weather.”
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