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Farmers Union delegates to discuss farm bill

The National Farmers Union is expected to talk more about the farm bill during their policy session, which begins this afternoon.

National Farmers Union Vice President and South Dakota farmer Jeff Kippley says farmer members would like to see a few things take priority in the next farm bill.

“We’d like to see some increases in reference prices, but maybe a decrease in subsidy on the higher levels of crop insurance.”

When asked if he thinks a farm bill will get done this year, Kippley tells Brownfield…

“If you look at at the calendar, it’s going to be pretty tough. They’re going to have to started and moving on it soon, because we only have 60 legislative days between now and the August recess, 15 days in September and then, 5 weeks in the lame duck session.”

Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish says the partisan politics are an issue.

“I’m not sure we’ll get a farm bill, but we still have to push even if it’s kicked off to the next Congress or the lame duck session.”

Brownfield interviewed Kippley and Wertish at the National Farmers Union Convention.

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