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Sen. Marshall says more crop insurance support needed in farm bill

A member of the Senate Ag Committee says lawmakers have a lot of work to do before a new farm bill is signed into law.

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall says the House has made progress with a markup expected this week. “I think they’re a little bit ahead of what’s going on in the Senate,” he said. “I remain optimistic, but we still have to put the farm back in the farm bill.”

The Kansas Republican says the Senate’s framework doesn’t provide enough attention to crop insurance. “My priorities remain crop insurance, crop insurance and crop insurance,” he said. “And then we want to talk a little bit about the Title I funding that we shouldn’t make a farmer choose between the two of those.”

Marshall tells Brownfield, “We think with all the input costs going up so much without any reflection in the commodity prices that we’re going to need some more help with crop insurance to make sure that farmers can plant next year’s crop when they get held out.”

The current farm bill extension is set to expire in September.

Marshall spoke to Brownfield at a groundbreaking ceremony at Kansas State University on Friday.

AUDIO: U.S. Senator Roger Marshall on farm bill updates in the Senate

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