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Christof and Kelli Just, Berlin, N.D., Published September 18 2012

Letter: Berg not moving farm legislation

It is very important that Congress pass a farm bill. If they don’t, farm families across North Dakota will feel the impacts, because a farm bill in 2013 isn’t going to look anything like the one the Senate passed in 2012, which Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., helped craft. It will be much weaker.

Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., claims we should elect him to the U.S. Senate because he has been so effective in the U.S. House. Yet he hasn’t been able to get his colleagues to budge an inch on passing this farm bill, the single most important piece of legislation to his home state.

If Berg fails and we get stuck with a farm bill extension until 2013, farmers around here can prepare themselves for a significant hit to their safety net thanks in part to the ineffectiveness of their own representative, Mr. Berg.