In Politicians can likely expect hot seat at FarmFest, Strib staff writer Corey Mitchell reports:
Members of Minnesota's congressional delegations and their challengers could come face-to-face with unhappy voters at this year's Minnesota FarmFest.
Amid a failed effort to provide emergency aid to farmers and ranchers struggling through a crippling national drought, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson expects thousands of Midwestern farmers to arrive in western Minnesota with questions about something else: the looming deadline for the federal farm bill.
Today in Mankato, Congressman Walz appeared with farmers and ag industry leaders to appeal to stubborn leadership in the House to pass the House version of the bill. The Senate has already passed the legislation.
InWalz, local farmers, ag industry urge farm bill passage, Mankato Free Press staff writer Robb Murray reports:
Congressman Tim Walz, surrounded by local farmers and agriculture industry officials, urged Congress to pass the 2012 farm bill, currently stalled in the House of Representatives.
Walz urged congressional leaders, in particular House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, to allow the bill to the come before the full House for a vote.
“We’re here to make the case that Congress needs to get its work done and get a farm bill done,” said Walz on Monday while standing in a parking lot where the Mankato offices are of the Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Pork Producers and the Pioneer seed company.
Lake Crystal farmer Kevin Paap, who is president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, urged passage of the bill, vital to Southern Minnesota farmers. President of the Minnesota Farmers Union, Doug Peterson, was also at the press conference, demanding that Congress get 'er done.
Photo: Congressman Walz and MFU President Doug Peterson in Mankato today, via twitter.