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U.S. senator visits AL to discuss and listen on farm policy

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AUTAUGAVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who is also a chairman of the Senate Agricultural Committee, visited with local farmers to discuss U.S. farm policy.

Jimmy Parnell, president and CEO of Alfa Insurance said that it was important to bring Sen. Roberts to Alabama, because “the South has a significant number of crops that are different from his part of the world.”

“We could go to Washington and tell him but while he’s here he can actually see those differences, and meet our farmers, and understand those significant differences,” Parnell said. 

Farmer Harold Gaines spoke with Sen. Roberts about what changes he thought should be made to the bill.

“We’re talking about the farm issues, the upcoming farm bill, what changes need to be made,” said Gaines. “What does work, what does not work, and how it affects us at ground zero… the actual farm producer.” 

Gaines said that he and has family have financially suffered because of the previous farm bill, and that he hopes to see improvements in the near future. 

“The field is not level with cotton producers and grain producers. The lack of revenue has a major impact. We’re just not financially able to expand,” Gaines said. 

Being from Kansas, Sen. Roberts wanted to visit an Alabama farm to see the difference. 

“I’m asking farmers what is working for the farm bill and what isn’t. We sure got some good advice here on what isn’t working, so we need to fix that,” Roberts said. 

Roberts continued by saying that this new bill doesn’t just affect U.S. farmers. 

“If people want to eat, and I think they do, and if you eat, you should be aware of the fact that the United States farmer provides that best quality food at the lowest price in the history of the world,” said Roberts. 

Congress will be writing a new farm bill in 2018.

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