MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Staffers for Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be holding a series of regional meetings this week to get public input on the 2012 Farm Bill.

Klobuchar sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee, which hopes to complete work on the Farm Bill within the next few months. One major issue is whether to replace a current subsidy program called direct payments with stronger rink management programs

Klobuchar’s staff will be holding nine meetings in southern and western Minnesota from Tuesday through Thursday. The communities include: Chatfield, Austin, Mankato, Worthington, Marshall, Morris, East Grand Forks, Moorhead and Alexandria. They’ll hold additional meetings in central and northern Minnesota the next few weeks.

Klobuchar says her goal is to strengthen the rural economy and ensure that Minnesota farmers have the support they need to succeed.

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Comments (2)
  1. KEVIN says:

    Amy wants a strong farm economy. Which in laymen’s terms the more public money handed to farmers who are at this time are doing very well and the big corporate farms are getting million dollar subsidy checks means she is buying votes for her reelection to the senate again this year. And here I thought it was illeagal to buy someone’s vote. Silly me.

  2. truth hurts says:

    Paul Ryan wants to eliminate the farm subsidy program yet keep the oil company subsidies. Your choice support farmers or oil drillers.

    No middle ground

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