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Klobuchar optimistic for Farm Bill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFGO AM) -- Senator Amy Klobuchar is optimistic a Farm Bill will be passed soon.

Klobuchar is on the conference committee and says if a bill isn't passed by the end of this year it could also be done as part of a budget deal in January.

But she says details need to be negotiated by people on the Agriculture Committee from farm states who understand the repercussions of making one change or another.

Klobuchar says the Senate Farm Bill reduces the deficit by 24 billion dollars, strengthens crop insurance, eliminates direct payments and supports dairy producers -- and she says it has strong energy and conservation measures.

The big disagreement between the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate is over food stamps.