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Klobuchar staff in Willmar Monday for farm bill meeting

WILLMAR -- Staff members from the office of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will be in Willmar at 11 a.m. Monday at Ridgewater College, Agriculture Fourplex, to take comments from farmers and residents on the 2008 farm bill and to look ahead to reauthorization in 2012.

Forums were held last week in Austin and Mankato and others are planned, including a meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the Ag Country Room at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

"This is an important opportunity to hear directly from Minnesota farmers and rural residents. We need to know what's working, and what's not, with implementation of the 2008 farm bill so we can make improvements when it comes up for reauthorization in 2012,'' said, Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Dave Frederickson, a native of Murdock and Klobuchar's agriculture and rural issues outreach director, will participate.