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Senator Kaine Talks Farm Bill in Charlottesville and Louisa

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Senator Tim Kaine paid a visit to central Virginia Friday to meet with farmers.  They had the chance to weigh in on the Senate debate about the 2013 farm bill.    

Kaine says the Senate is only a week or two away from voting on this bill and Friday was a chance to meet with the people it would affect the most.

Kaine visited a Louisa County farm and hosted a roundtable in Charlottesville to give farmers a chance to sound off.

The five-year bill would provide funding to help farmers who grow specialty crops, make a bigger effort to fund farmers markets, and help SNAP recipients shop at farmers markets.

Kaine says this emphasis on small farms will help everyone in the long run.

"How many kids don't - they think food comes from a supermarket.  They don't know how it's raised and where it's raised and once you know a little bit about how it's done, you don't look at food, you don't look at your own choices about food the same way. So the farm bill is an important one," he said.

The farmers at the roundtable were generally supportive of the farm bill. Some say certain regulations are creating too many bureaucratic hoops to jump through.

Kaine says he expects the Senate to vote on this bill within the next week to ten days and if it passes in the Senate it will move to the House for debate.

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