NORTH MANKATO, MN- Following the passage of the latest Farm Bill, out of the Senate Agricultural Committee last week with a bipartisan vote of 20-1, Senator Amy Klobuchar dispatched her staff throughout Southern and Western Minnesota to hear from the public.

The tour met with local farmers, conservation groups and leaders of the ag–supporting businesses.

South Central College was one of three stops on the first of a two–day trip where stakeholders in the community can ask questions or discuss elements in the bill that they want to see stay or go.

A vote for the five–year Farm Bill is expected to reach the Senate floor by the 4th of July, and if passed will reach one step closer to approval before it expires.

"Certainly hoping that the Senate bill will pass with a strong bipartisan vote to provide certainty for Minnesota farmers and ranchers. We're also watching the House to see when they'll revote on their version of the bill, hoping to get a conference committee document that will allow us to reauthorize the bill before it expires on September 30th."

The Farm Bill Tour will travel to Willmar on Thursday for a meeting at 10 a.m. at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building.

It will conclude in Moorhead, beginning at 3:30 p.m. inside the Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

- KEYC 12