US Senators push farm bill finalization

By KBJR News 1

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM CDT

Washington DC (NNCNOW.com) --- Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with a bipartisan group of 12 other senators have been pushing to make sure renewable energy components are included the final version of the bill.

One out of every five jobs in Minnesota is tied to agriculture, which is why Senator Franken says he has worked so hard on the bill.

He helped write the energy section of the bill which he says will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota's agriculture energy sector.

He says that the average age of a farmer in Minnesota is about 57 years old, which is why he'd like to see the bill include provisions to educate and train the next generation of Farmers.

"We really need to encourage beginning farmers and ranchers, and we have a program in the bill to do that that I was very supportive of, and basically what it does is give technical assistance to beginning farmers and some cases very low cost loans, or actually sometimes micro-loans to help them get started," said Senator Franken.

He says that he hopes the bill will be in place by the beginning of next year.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com