EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- If the latest version of the Senate Farm Bill is to pass, it will have to come with bipartisan support. That's what one Wisconsin senator is saying.
Last week, the U.S. Senate released its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, which aims to preserve crop insurance and risk management tools, giving flexibility during natural disasters and continuing export and trade programs.
Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin told WEAU on Tuesday the Senate bill is significantly different from a farm bill which has passed the House, saying the House measure was not a particularly bipartisan or collaborative bill.
"Hopefully, if we're able to pass the Senate bill on a strong bipartisan basis, we'll have some advantage when we go to conference with the House to get the stronger provisions to sort of hold through to signing of the bill," she said.
Baldwin said while the bill is mostly unchanged since the last bill in 2013, it does aim to protect large and small farmers in Wisconsin.
"What I say it hasn't changed much, the programs may be still there, but they have been revised in really important ways – and specifically targeted to helping those most in need, which, in our state is the smaller-scale and medium-scale dairy farmers," she said.
Baldwin said the senate agriculture committee will meet to consider the legislation Wednesday. WEAU reached out to Sen. Ron Johnson's office, which said the Republican will wait to review what comes out of the committee before taking a position.