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Senate begins debate on new Farm Bill


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Senator Tim Johnson says the farm bill takes several steps to improve the integrity of programs, reduce the deficit and support millions of jobs.

     Johnson says while the Senate passed a farm bill last year the House did not and the process is starting over.  

     He says this bill includes the country of origin labeling.  He says recent surveys commissioned by the Consumder Federation of America confirms that an overwhelming majority of Americans want to know where their food comes from.  Johnson says he'll fight any attempts to derail the COOL amendment. 

     Johnson says the Senate has shown that it can pass bipartisan legislation to support rural communities.

     He hopes the House can now follow the Senate’s lead.