Senator Franken Talks Five-Year Farm Bill

Posted at: 02/09/2013 10:43 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 News) -- Senator Al Franken made several stops in southeast Minnesota Saturday. He toured local businesses and discussed his efforts to pass a five-year farm bill.

One of the stops was at the Freeborn-Mower Cooperative. Senator Franken answered questions and addressed concerns about the future of a farm bill.  

"The farmers I talk to want that certainty and want to be able to plan and that's why this nine month extension was such a disappointment,” said Franken.

A disappointment to farmers like Jack Korman.  

"Farming's such a big investment these days dollar wise. It'd be nice to have some continuity and a little planning. Farming’s a year to year business, but you're always thinking ahead so to have a five year farm bill, would give you more stability in your planning, make things a little easier,” said Korman.

"I think that after this election that the message, one of the messages people said is we want you to get things done and I think farmers in particular said we want a bill,” added Franken.

Senator Franken says he’s confident a five-year farm bill will happen. He said the Senate will take up a bi-partisan bill soon, one very similar to the one they passed in June. The difference this time? Congress should pass one too.

"I believe this time they will take it up. I think the speaker now understands that farmers want a bill and the American people want us to act,” said Franken.

Providing stability for farmers like Korman.

Franken says there is not a set timeline for the bill. He says he is also working on helping younger farmers get started.