On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told a group of more than 60 farmers, ranchers, and farm leaders in Mankato that he will continue to press to enact a five-year Farm Bill as soon as possible.
Thursday’s meeting in Mankato at the Minnesota Soybean Growers Headquarters was one of a number of meetings Sen. Franken has been holding around the state to hear from farmers and farm leaders about the Farm Bill. Last year the Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill, but House leaders refused to allow it to come to a vote.
“Farmers all over Minnesota have told me they need a five-year Farm Bill to plan for future crops,” said Sen. Franken. “Getting the Farm Bill signed into law as soon as possible is a top priority for me and it should be for everyone in Congress.”
Sen. Franken is a cosponsor of the Farm Bill in the Senate. The 2012 Farm Bill that passed in the Senate included Sen. Franken’s provision – backed by Minnesota farm groups – to help farmers and small businesses save money and earn income by investing in renewable energy and energy-efficient technology. The 2012 measure also included a provision Sen. Franken co-authored to support beginning farmers. The House of Representatives did not take up the bill and forced a temporary Farm Bill extension that will end in September.