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Klobuchar calls for strong farm safety net

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar called for preserving and strengthening the farm safety net for family farmers at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill.

According to a press release from Klobuchar's office, the senator highlighted the need to improve risk management tools such as crop insurance and commodities trading to protect Minnesota farmers.

The hearing is part of a series of Senate Agriculture Committee hearings focused on the 2012 Farm Bill, which is being crafted this year.

"These farmers need to know that they won't lose everything in the event of a market failure or natural disaster, like the heat waves or floods we experienced last summer," Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on competitiveness, innovation, and export promotion.