The next Farm Bill was a big topic as candidates for U-S House in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District squared off this morning (Tues) at Farmfest near Redwood Falls.  Republican-endorsed candidate Brad Finstad says he hears over and over that what’s most important to farmers is risk management:

“So from a crop insurance aspect, we have to make sure that the Farm Bill is fully funding and fully engaged in the needs of the farmers when it comes to risk mitigation.”

Republican Jeremy Munson, challenging Finstad in next Tuesday’s primary election, says risk mitigation must be balanced against excessive regulations put on farmers:

“These have to be in balance, and currently they’re not.  We have more regulations out there….  The stick is bigger than the carrot.”

Democratic candidate Jeff Ettinger was diagnosed with COVID and didn’t participate in today’s Farmfest forum.