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June 13, 2013

Area farmers split on Farm Bill's merits

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It’s a “positive thing” that there were changes made to existing farm legislation, because “current dairy policy is not working,” she said. If passed, it won’t be perfect, but the margin insurance that would replace the current dairy safety net is an important tool, she said, while praising Gillibrand for her efforts to help the situation.

State Farm Bureau public affairs manager spokesman Steve Ammerman said his organization that advocates for state farmers supported the legislation as well, including the Gillibrand amendment. The later would require the USDA to study milk pricing and hopefully find a better way.

Its margin insurance and supply management provisions provide a better system than is currently in place, he said.

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