U.S. Senate approves farm bill, sends to President Obama for signature

By a vote of 68-32, the U.S. Senate approved a new five-year farm bill on Tuesday afternoon. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law later this week.

Both Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, voted to pass the farm bill.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Klobuchar said, “As a member of the Farm Bill conference committee, I worked with Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate to shape a final bill that will give our farmers the certainty they need to grow and thrive. This bipartisan legislation will reduce the deficit, strengthen the crop insurance program, eliminate direct payments, boost conservation, and keep nutrition programs strong for Minnesota families.”

From Senator Franken: “This bill isn’t perfect, but it was a bipartisan effort that will reform and modernize our agriculture programs, strengthen the farm safety net, and help create jobs and economic vitality in communities across our state. Just as important, the Farm Bill saves money—billions of dollars that can reduce our budget deficit.”

Keep checking MinnesotaCornerstone.com for more details on what the new farm bill means for corn farmers.

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