N.D.(Pam Musland) – Nearly 50 North Dakotans will be on Capitol
Hill in Washington, D.C., next week to focus attention on the 2018
farm bill. They will join family farmers and ranchers from across the
country as participants in National Farmers Union’s Legislative
Fly-in, Sept. 10-13.
Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) President Mark Watne said the poor farm
economy, drought and need for a stronger safety net will be
emphasized, as well as rising health care costs and the need to
expand ethanol production.
struggling in farm country,” Watne said. “Low commodity prices
and rising input costs continue to impact our bottom lines. There are
a lot of economic factors out of our control, too, everything from
currency fluctuations to global trade uncertainty to corporate ag
said he will be hand-delivering comments to North Dakota’s
congressional delegation that were gathered at farm bill listening
sessions held across the state in July. “We felt it important to
capture the thoughts of people most affected by the farm bill –
family farmers, ranchers and rural citizens,” he said.
want a safety net without holes. They want the federal crop insurance
program strengthened and farm programs that work, especially during
low commodity price cycles,” he said. Price support levels need to
be reevaluated in a new farm bill, he emphasized, so farm programs
serve their purpose of stabilizing farm income.
Union members will also be meeting with USDA officials and members of
the House and Senate Ag Committees in their three-day lobbying