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Gov. Dayton joins Dakota governors in urging Congress to pass farm bill

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has joined the governors of North and South Dakota in signing a letter urging the House to pass a farm bill.

The letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the farm bill is too important to the nation "to be run off track by Washington politics."

It was signed by Dayton, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

While the Senate has passed a farm bill, divisions in the House have now led leaders to consider splitting the bill to separate food stamps from the agricultural parts of the bill.

Says the governors' letter:

Now is the time to bring forward the proposed farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee and get a bill into conference committee.

The farm bill is too important for the nation, agriculture and conservation to allow it to be run off track by Washington politics. Congress needs to get back to work to find consensus and strong policies that will be meaningful to our farmers and ranchers.

It's not all harsh:

We applaud the work of so many of your colleagues in both the House and Senate who have sought compromise on this important legislation, and acknowledge that further compromise will be needed with the Senate to enact a final bill.

And while it likely won't break the logjam, the letter is insistent:

There is no time for further delays because the nation’s farmers and ranchers need these policies finalized in order to make sound business decisions and to bring stability to the entire agriculture industry.

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