January 11, 2018 08:43 PM
(ABC 6 News)--The clock is ticking on a budget bill in the nation’s capital. Lawmakers have until January 19th to pass a spending bill. But amid the budget battle, tax talk and immigration debate, another issue is looming that will have a big impact on our area - the 2018 Farm Bill.
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., is settling into life in Washington D.C. That includes learning which committees she'll serve on in her new role.
"I really wanted to be on the Ag committee, so I couldn't be happier about that," said Senator Smith.
"The amount of capital required is just huge and our income has dropped dramatically in the last few years, but our expenses have not come up," said Gary Wertish, the President of the Minnesota Farmers Union.
He said the biggest need for farmers is improvements to crop insurance and dairy farms.
"You can see in Minnesota we've gone down dramatically in the number of dairy farms in the last, really a short amount of time," said Wertish.
Smith wants to prioritize raising prices, but she said it's an issue that is not strictly for the farm bill.
"Minnesota farmers benefit so much by good exports. We need to make sure that our trade agreements support Minnesota farmers selling their products all over the world," said Sen. Smith.
"We don't want to make a profit off the farm bill; we just want to have a farm bill that keeps you in business to farm another year," said Wertish.
Created: January 11, 2018 08:43 PM
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