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AUSTIN, MN – For the Jovaag family, their livestock is their livelihood. The food they produce for the masses is what puts food on their dinner table.
“We moved here in 1981 from Wisconsin and well, we’ve been farming here ever since,” said Arvid Jovaag.
That’s why the Farm Bill is so important to the Jovaags, and the countless other families who live off the land.
“We hope that conservation doesn’t get eaten up in this whole process. We know there’s a big emphasis on crop insurance now, and that can almost get to be too much of it,” said Jovaag.
The US House Agriculture Committee has recently passed the legislation. It includes many provisionsm some that are authored by Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz, a Democrat.
“To incentivize new folks getting into agriculture, and also to hit that sweet spot between sustainability on the land, conservation, and still being able to make it economically,” said Congressman Walz.
Walz spent Thursday afternoon touring the Jovaag’s farm and talking with local producers about what the Farm Bill means for them.
“What the farm bill does, it provides them stability knowing what’s going to be out there, what’s available, and it also lets them know what are the conservation programs that they can take advantage of,” Congressman Walz said.
So Congressman Walz listened to what the group had to say and even got a little taste of life on the farm.
“It’s always nice to have people in that position that pay attention to what you’re doing and then make decisions and legislation that kinda grows out of the needs of the farming community,” said Jovaag.