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Associated Press, Published July 17 2012

Heitkamp, US Senate ag chair to host farm forums

BISMARCK — The chairwoman of the U.S. Senate's Agriculture Committee is hosting North Dakota farm forums later this month with North Dakota Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

A Heitkamp spokesman says Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow (STAH’-buh-noh) will have forums in Bismarck and Fargo on July 28. The times and locations are being worked out.

Stabenow and Heitkamp will be talking about Senate farm legislation and agricultural policy. The Senate approved a farm bill last month, but the legislation hasn't been taken up yet by the U.S. House.

Heitkamp is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Berg for a North Dakota Senate seat being left by Democratic incumbent Kent Conrad.

Heitkamp also wants Berg to agree to a debate specifically about agricultural policy and the farm bill. It hasn't been scheduled.

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