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Senator Tester Talks Importance of U.S. Farm Bill

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The much needed U.S. Farm bill has been disputed in Washington for more than a year now, but it recently gained attention earlier this month when an abnormal autumn storm hit South Dakota killing tens of thousands of cattle, and left ranchers no where to turn for relief.

Now the U.S. Senate and house of representatives have agreed to open negotiations on the five hundred billion dollar farm bill, and work on the bill could begin as early as next week.

Senator Jon tester spoke about the farm bill and its impact on the state of Montana.

The Farm Bill has become extremely important because the previous Farm Bill expired at the start of October, and the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a new bill that was presented in June. Currently, farmers are operating without the safety net the government usually provides.

Senator Tester said the state of Montana is eagerly awaiting a new Farm Bill.

"Montana wants to see it passed and they want to see it passed a long time ago. As it has been for the last four or five months the house really needs to do their job. Pass the bill. It is fiscally responsible and it provides the safety net we need in production agriculture."

Tester also touched on some aspects that he felt were most important to the new bill.

"A component of the farm bill we are most proud of is the young farmers provisions. Its very, very important if we are going to get new blood into agriculture. Its a very capital intensive industry, and that young farmer portion makes a big difference. The other thing we need a safety net, and that's what we fought for. It came about though the crop insurance portion."

Tester is ready to get to work on the final draft of the bill. Although, many Montana farmers are already celebrating the work Tester has helped to complete on the Farm Bill by removing the Monsanto Act, which involved genetically modified crops.

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