The 2018 Farm Bill has been approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minneapolis).

Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar said it was important to provide a safety net for producers, especially given the current struggle many are facing just to break even, which is, “Really important in the Mankato area. The crop insurance is strong and that was important given the low prices we’re seeing.”

Klobuchar said the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program were not included in the bill, but the Senate did dig up about a billion dollars in other savings in order to avoid them, “In cuts to duplicative programs, some bonuses the states were getting that we didn’t think were necessary and we found a way to do it that cut money so we could make sure those nutrition programs remain strong.”

The vote was nearly unanimous and Klobuchar said that’s not business as usual. “We usually don’t have this strong a vote out of the ag committee, 20-1, and we think that’s going to put a lot of pressure on the house to get this done,” she explained.

Klobuchar said the goal is to get the legislation passed by the Fourth of July.