While the rain was coming down Thursday, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith spent part of her day at Bagley Livestock Exchange seeking input from farmers dealing with a historic drought. “It has been a really, really hard summer and I heard from people that are not only worried about what’s happening right now, but also what it will look like next year and the year after.” It’s difficult for lawmakers to fix a problem made by Mother Nature. “We can’t make it rain, but we can try to get some flexibility for how farmers and ranchers can use CRP land. I’m working on a good bipartisan plan with (South Dakota) Senator John Thune and others to get that flexibility, which will help some.” Consolidation in the meatpacking industry and the lack of competition for cattle was also discussed.
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