Next year, the current Minnesota farm bill expires and already a new bill is in the works.
Tuesday, Representative Tim Walz held a listening session at the People's Food Co-Op in Rochester to learn what farmers and constituents want included in the legislation.
People in attendance expressed the need for a greater focus on conservation and efforts to help beginning farmers.
If the revised bill is finished by the December 2018 deadline it will go into effect in 2019.
"We need to make sure that there are tools in there to mitigate risk," Representative Walz said. "We have to look at things in the farm bill that worked and those that didn't. Obviously we're having an issue with dairy in Southern Minnesota and that's going to have to be addressed."
Representative Walz says there is talk of separating out the nutrition part of the farm bill.
He says that could make it very difficult to get the bill done.