Thune does not support new farm bill in current form - KOTA Territory News

Thune does not support new farm bill in current form

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South Dakota's U.S. Senator John Thune says he can't support the new farm bill in its current form.

In a satellite interview from Washington Wednesday morning, Thune asserted that the Senate Ag Committee version of the bill takes a step backward in terms of what Ag reform should look like into the next generation.

While he agrees with the strong crop insurance program within the bill, Thune says he disagrees with the bill's instituted target prices; which are set high for rice and peanuts to accommodate the southern states.

Such target prices make farmers plan for what the government will do-- not the market.

"In the current day and age, we not only have to look at what we can do to make agriculture more efficient, but cost less to the American taxpayer, and put risk management tools in place that allow farmers to hedge against risk, and have a safety net when you have those bad years," said Thune.

Thune expects the bill to be on the Senate floor as early as Wednesday, and debate to last into most of next week.

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