Learfield News Service/Washington, DC) Farm Bill implementation was stalled during the partial federal government shutdown but U.S. Senator Tina Smith says things are back on track.
She says she was concerned about the dairy margin coverage because so many Minnesota dairy farmers are in a bucket load of hurt right now: “They’re going to begin implementation of that important insurance program for dairy farmers on June 17th which I think will be a big help. And there is a lot of other things too — there’s broadband, rural health. There’s the farm to safety net programs that farmers are really relying on. Lots of good stuff and I’m really glad we are moving forward with implementation.”
She also says, “This is a particularly important time for farmers because they are working to get their loans for the upcoming year. They’re working capital loans — so they are talking to bankers and potentially talking to FSA to see what other low-cost loans are available to them. And they are trying to figure out what to plant.”
Smith says if you have any immediate concerns to contact your local FSA(Farm Service Agency) office.