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Local Farmers Excited For New 5 Year Farm Bill [AUDIO]

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UNDATED — Farmers across the state are relieved as a bipartisan agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill passed through the House yesterday (Wednesday).

The bill includes $900 million in funding for renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

It also contains $100 million in support for farmers who are just starting out.

U.S. Senator Al Franken, who authored several key items in the bill, says it’s a step in the right direction.

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John Mages, of Belgrade, serves on the board of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. He says the bill contains many of their requests, including protecting crop insurance.

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Part of the bill includes the end of direct payments. Which Mages says farmers knew they would need to part with.

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The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill within the next week.

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