US Senate Passes Farm Bill 11 Jun 13

The US Senate on Monday passed a 5-year Farm Bill which reforms federal programs and strengthens the farm safety net. Senator Amy Klobuchar says it gives Minnesota ag producers the certainty they need to plan for the future, and helps address the federal deficit. Klobuchar says crop insurance will be an adequate safety net for farmers, and ag organizations have been supportive of the changes. The Farm Bill now goes back to the US House, and Klobuchar says she’s hopeful it will soon be on it’s way to the president’s desk. Among significant differences: the House bill cuts funding for food stamps — now called SNAP — by $20-billion, while cuts are much smaller in the Senate’s version.