5-Year, $867B Farm Bill Headed To Trump's DeskThe bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp.
Sen. Tina Smith Pushes Back Against Food Stamp ChangesDemocratic Senator Tina Smith was at Second Harvest Heartland in St. Paul Saturday.
March 31 Farm Bill Crop Program Signup Deadline ApproachingUniversity of Minnesota Extension officials remind farmers and landowners they have until the end of March to make their crop program choices under the 2014 farm bill. The choices are between the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs.
Minnesota To Get $9M For Agricultural Water Quality ProgramMinnesota will get $9 million under an initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The agency has approved 115 proposals nationwide for the first round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was part of the 2014 farm bill.
1st District Candidates Meet In 1st DebateThe Republican and Democratic candidates competing for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District both expressed a willingness to cross the aisle to get things done Tuesday in Rochester during their first debate ahead of the November election. Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said he was willing to turn his back on party leadership in favor of his constituents.
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.
Conservationists Claim Victory On New Farm BillWildlife 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.
MN Politicians Voice Support Of Farm BillSen. 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.
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.
Minnesotans Affected By Cuts To Food StampsStarting 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.
Klobuchar Thinks Congress Will Pass Farm BillAs 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.
Shutdown Cuts Funds To SD Farmers Dealing With 20K+ Cattle DeathTwo 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.
Reality Check: The Debate Over Food StampsRepublicans 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.
Peterson Urges Compromise On Farm BillAs 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.
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.