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Senator Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar staff to hold Farm Bill meeting in Morris March 21

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced that three key members of her staff will be traveling throughout Minnesota to hold a series of regional meetings seeking the public's ideas and suggestions for the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.

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Klobuchar serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, which has responsibility for writing the legislation.

On March 20-22, Klobuchar's staff will hold nine regional meetings in southern and western Minnesota: Chatfield, Austin, Mankato, Worthington, Marshall, Morris, East Grand Forks, Moorhead and Alexandria.

Additional meetings in central and northern Minnesota will take place in the next few weeks.

"In 2008, I worked with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson to pass a strong farm bill that has helped our farmers remain the most productive in the world while also protecting them in hard times." Said Klobuchar. "My goal with the 2012 Farm Bill is to further strengthen Minnesota's rural economy and ensure that our farmers continue to have the support they need to thrive and succeed. I want to hear from Minnesotans on how best to achieve this goal."

The three members of Klobuchar's staff who will convene the series of meetings are: Chuck Ackman and Andy Martin, her Minnesota-based outreach directors for agriculture and rural issues, and Adam Durand, her Washington-based legislative assistant specializing in agriculture and rural issues.

At each meeting, they will provide an overview on process and the expected timeline for the 2012 Farm Bill. They will also lead a discussion with audience members about what they would like to see in the legislation.

Below is the itinerary for the regional meetings:

Tuesday, March 20

9:00 a.m.

Legion Room

Chatfield Center for the Arts

405 Main Street South

Chatfield

11:30 a.m.

Austin Public Library

323 Fourth Avenue NE

Austin

3:30p.m.

Room E-121

South Central Technical College

1920 Lee Boulevard

North Mankato

Wednesday, March 21

8:30a.m.

Biotechnology Advancement Center

U of M Extension Regional Office

1527 Prairie Drive

Worthington

11:00 a.m.

Marshall-Lyon County Public Library

201 C Street

Marshall

3:00 p.m.

AgCountry Auditorium

West Central Research & Outreach Center

University of Minnesota

46352 State Highway 329

Morris

Thursday, March 22

8:30 a.m.

Northern Plains Potato Growers Association

420 Business Highway 2

East Grand Forks

11:30 a.m.

Room A-117

Oscar Bergos Center

Moorhead State University

1900 28th Avenue South

Moorhead

3:30 p.m.

Room 209, Main Building

Alexandria Technical & Community College

1601 Jefferson Street

Alexandria

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