Crafting a new farm bill

Crafting a new farm bill

By JONATHAN RIVOLI

Bismarck Tribune

As a top agriculture state, North Dakota has much at stake as Congress considers a new Farm Bill, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, said Monday.

Chairing a hearing in Bismarck, Conrad came looking for advice as he and colleagues craft the bill that will establish federal agriculture policy for the next five years.

The bill, which covers everything from price supports to rural economic development, will replace a 2002 Farm Bill that expires this fall.

Working off of a preliminary proposal from Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Congress is busy adding its own priorities to the measure.

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