MANTORVILLE, Minn. - Staff of Senator Amy Klobuchar are kicking of a two day tour on Wednesday to talk with farmers in Southern and Western Minnesota about the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill.
The bill aims to help farmers in rural areas by investing in renewable energy, supporting dairy farmers, and helping beginner farmers enter the industry.
Alan Jostock is a cattle farmer in southern Minnesota. He said a bill like this is needed.
"As far as the milk prices, that are so low, farmers are really struggling to pay their bills and a lot of times they're paying on old debt so it just puts them back farther yet. And it's really, its really hurting them," he said.
He said he'd like to see the bill help new farmers get started.
"I think they really need to make more progress on helping the older generation so to speak move on," Jostock said. "And help these young farmers open up doors for them to take their place and purchase land. Farming drives a lot of things in this country and we need to protect that."
Staff members will be meeting with the public and famers at the Dodge County Courthouse Wednesday June 20 from 9-10am.