Farm Bill Forum | VideoAlexander Gorney | 7/28/2012
The event was held at Bohemian Hall, near Mandan.
Heitkamp and Senator Stabenow spoke with people about their thoughts on the Farm Bill and the state of agriculture in North Dakota. The largest item farmers have urged for in the farm bill is crop insurance.
“Crop insurance is the main thing. I`d like to see that at least kept the same so there`s some sort of safety net for the farmer and rancher,” said attendee Dan Belohlavea.
“We need to get it done in the house. Leadership doesn`t want to take up the farm bill and so I`m here first to say we need a farm bill now. One that works for North Dakota,” said Sen. Stabenow, (D) Michigan.
The biggest cut to producers would be the elimination of the direct payments but the legislation in both the House and Senate versions expand the crop insurance program.