The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers.
“We appreciate the Senate’s decision to protect and strengthen the federal crop insurance program and not reduce its funding, as well as the approval of a commodity program that provides farmers varied safety net options,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “This proposed bill will encourage farmers to follow market signals. Most importantly, the bill is fiscally responsible.”
“We thank Senators Klobuchar and Franken for voting in support of the final bill. A special thank you to Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on the farm bill conference committee,” said Paap. “They had many tough decisions to make but were able to move forward with a solid bill that includes many Farm Bureau supported provisions.”
“It’s been a tough road for the legislation, but we are pleased with the clear bipartisan vote that prevailed,” said Paap. “We need the final bill signed into law by President Obama so farmers and ranchers can have the certainty they need to make business decisions over the next five years and to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture time to begin implementation of the bill’s provisions.”