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Local Farmers Await to Find out Affects of Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is a comprehensive heath care bill that is usually approved every 5 years and addresses both rural and urban hunger.
The Farm Bill is a comprehensive heath care bill that is usually approved every 5 years and addresses both rural and urban hunger.  With a price tag of over half a trillion dollars, Democrats and Republicans are clashing on how to cut the cost.

While they argue in Washington, local farmers await to find out how bill changes could affect them.

The Farm Bill has been a point of contention in Washington, with possible cuts to food stamps being one of the biggest issues but there are also many agricultural issues in this bill that could affect our local area farmers.

Alan Kuehnert is a 4th generation farmer, that started with 25 cows after high school and now has over 400 and he works very hard to run a successful dairy farm.

"Dairy farming is 365 24/7, your caring for your animals all day long.  They can calve around the clock, things can go wrong, and milking times everyday."

Like most farmers, Alan get enjoyment from taking care of the animals and producing a good product.

"We take pride in producing what we think is nature's perfect food...milk.  The production of milk is one of the things that could be greatly affected by the Farm Bill."

Dairy farmers never really like relying on the government.  We would just like a fair price.

Alan says milk prices have fluctuated over 50% in the last 5 years.  With that large of a price change, it makes it hard for farmers to know if they are going to have enough money to make it to the next year.

"It's hard to budget, it's hard to know where you're going to be and high grain prices have been tough on dairy farmers."

With the Farm Bill only being renewed until January 31st, Alan tries not to focus on things he cannot control.

"You try to protect yourself in the lean years, and the good years, that's farming."

Just last week, Congress extended the Farm Bill until the end of January which will hopefully give them enough time to come to an agreement.

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