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Published July 07 2010

Peterson, Pomeroy hear farmers’ input for next Farm Bill

AMENIA, N.D. – North Dakota and western Minnesota farmers and ranchers say they’re happy with recent Farm Bills approved by Congress but they want to see slight improvements as federal legislators begin the early stages of crafting the next one.

Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson of the state’s Seventh District and North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy convened a field hearing of the House Agriculture Committee this morning at a farmstead about seven miles north of Casselton.

Peterson, who chairs the Ag Committee, has hosted a series of similar forums nationwide to gather input from farmers as he moves forward with crafting the 2012 Farm Bill.

This morning’s meeting in Amenia marked Peterson’s 10th hearing this year on the topic.

Pomeroy sits on both the House Ag Committee and the Ways and Means Committee – positions that allowed him to help negotiate the last Farm Bill.

Regional farmers emphasized this morning that they’d like to see more efficiency within federal farm programs and more equitable coverage for all sectors covered by crop insurance, among other suggestions.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s edition of The Forum.