Friday, November 16, 2007


Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar spent part of her weekend attending farm organization conventions. The Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union met Saturday and Sunday. Klobuchar spoke in support of the new farm bill and said an important part of the next 5-year bill will be sending more tax money to small farmers instead of larger ones. She said the roots of the idea remain in the years of the Great Depression and making sure farmers are able to sustain their business in times of bad weather or low prices. Klobuchar said another important part of the bill pays land owners to plant vegetation for ethanol production, something besides corn. She said Minnesota could compete with oil producers someday. This year's farm bill may top $300-Billion and Klobuchar said she's heard the President may veto it because of excessive earmarked projects. The House farm bill has been approved with a price tag of $266-Billion.

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