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Minnesota Farm Bureau comments on 2012 Farm Bill

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.

Paap began his statement by noting that county Farm Bureau's across the country are in the process of developing policy recommendations for the next Farm Bill. Paap outlined five key principles that will guide Farm Bureau on their 2012 Farm Bill proposals.

"The options we put forward will be fiscally responsible; the basic funding structure of the 2008 Farm Bill should not be altered; the proposals will aim to benefit all agricultural sectors; world trade rulings will be considered; and, consideration will be given to the stable business environment critical to success in agriculture," said Paap.

Additionally, Paap emphasized the many challenges surrounding the 2012 Farm Bill.

"Budget constraints, baseline decreases and political pressures are among the many challenges we will face," said Paap. "Another challenge for the 2012 Farm Bill will once again be to address the priorities of a wide variety of interests, from farm and ranch groups to conservation groups to nutrition/hunger groups."

"Even within the agricultural community, Farm Bill priorities and agendas will likely vary by commodity and region," said Paap. "As an agricultural organization that represents all types of farmers and ranchers in every state, we look forward to working to achieve the balance in interests that will be necessary to craft a successful piece of legislation."

Paap concluded by committing to work with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to ensure that America's farmers have a practical safety net that provides protection against the unpredictability of the market and weather and allows our farmers to continue to produce the safest, most abundant, least expensive food supply in the world.

Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children.

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