Posted: Oct 18, 2013 7:42 PM by MTN News - Missoula
GREAT FALLS - With Congress passing a bill to fund the government and extend the debt ceiling into early next year, President Obama says his priorities for the time will be to pass a budget, reform the nation's immigration system and sign a farm bill.
Senator John Tester says the passing of the Farm Bill will also be one of his priorities.
Tester was in Great Falls earlier Friday speaking at the Montana Farmer's Union convention.
The need for a farm bill hit close to Montana this year after South Dakota ranchers lost tens of thousands of cattle during a blizzard earlier this month, and Colorado suffered massive flooding in September.
"Weather is like that. Some years are diamonds, some years are stone and if we have that safety net there for the folks in agriculture, they can continue to get through the tough years and keep farming," Tester said.
Senator Tester, Senator Max Baucus and Representative Steve Daines all say passing a farm bill is a priority for them.