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U Of M To Help With Farm Bill Education

The University of Minnesota is getting about $103,000 in federal money to help educate farmers and ranchers about the new farm bill.

06/13/2014

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Conservationists Claim Victory On New Farm Bill

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies. And the law requires “sodsaver” protections to discourage farmers from plowing up native grasslands in several Plains and Midwest states.

04/05/2014

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MN Politicians Voice Support Of Farm Bill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the crafting of a compromise five-year farm bill is a critical step toward providing support and certainty for Minnesota farmers. The Minnesota Democrat was on the conference committee that completed the bill Monday. It now goes to the House and Senate floors for final votes.

01/28/2014

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Could Farm Bill Lead To Higher Grocery Prices?

The gridlock in Washington D.C. may soon be felt at a grocery store near you. While lawmakers are expected to vote on a budget deal on Thursday, it’s a different bill that could really impact your wallet. If Congress doesn’t pass a new farm bill by the end of the year milk prices could double.

12/12/2013

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Minnesotans Affected By Cuts To Food Stamps

Starting Friday, thousands of Minnesotans using food stamps will have a lot less money to purchase food as billions of dollars are being cut from the Federal Food Assistance Program. This is the first across-the-board reduction ever for the program.

11/01/2013

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10-31-13 Senator Klobuchar On The Morning News With Dave Lee

The latest on Food Stamp cuts….going into affect tomorrow.

10/31/2013

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The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

7th District Congressman Collin Peterson discusses the Farm Bill with Dave Lee.

10/23/2013

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Klobuchar Thinks Congress Will Pass Farm Bill

As U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar helped volunteers at the Second Harvest Heartland warehouse in Golden Valley, she said she is optimistic that Congress will pass a new long-term farm bill this year. That would be welcome news to Second Harvest CEO Rob Zeaske.

10/18/2013

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Shutdown Cuts Funds To SD Farmers Dealing With 20K+ Cattle Death

Two 20-foot-deep disposal pits opened in western South Dakota on Monday to help ranchers dispose of tens of thousands of livestock carcasses piling up since an early October blizzard decimated herds. Up to 4 feet of snow fell in the Black Hills area during the storm, killing at least 10,000 to 20,000 head of livestock, state officials say. The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association estimates this part of the state lost at least 5 percent of its cattle, which is mostly raised for beef. Normally, the federal government would provide financial assistance to ranchers in a crisis of this magnitude, but the farm bill expired during the government shutdown.

10/14/2013

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Reality Check: The Debate Over Food Stamps

Republicans in the U.S. House are promising to swiftly bring a food stamp bill up for a vote. That’s after they stripped food stamps from the 5-year farm bill, and then failed to pass the farm bill, too.

07/15/2013

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Peterson Urges Compromise On Farm Bill

As the House began debate on its version of a new five-year farm bill, the dean of Minnesota’s congressional delegation urged colleagues to pass it. Rep. Collin Peterson, the senior Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, says compromise is rare on Capitol Hill, but it’s what’s needed to get the bill passed.

06/19/2013

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Peterson Hopeful For Passing Farm Bill This Summer

An influential Minnesota voice on agriculture says he’s hopeful that Congress will pass a new farm bill this summer after efforts last year failed.

05/08/2013

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Online Tax Among Issues Discussed With Sen. Al Franken

Senator Al Franken joined Dave Lee Wednesday to discuss a number of issues affecting Minnesotans.

05/08/2013

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Farm Bill Extension Not Popular In Upper Midwest

Leaders of many farm groups in the Upper Midwest aren’t pleased that Congress has extended the current farm bill rather than pass new legislation.

01/03/2013

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Rep. Peterson Calls Fiscal Cliff Deal ‘A Joke’

A conservative Blue Dog Democrat from Minnesota who broke ranks with most members of his party by voting against a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff said Wednesday it fails to cut spending enough and won’t prevent another political showdown.

01/02/2013

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