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Associated Press, Published October 02 2012

Gulleson: Cramer backers delaying farm bill

BISMARCK — North Dakota Democratic U.S. House candidate Pam Gulleson says backers of Republican rival Kevin Cramer are delaying a new federal farm bill.

Gulleson and Cramer debated the farm bill's provisions Tuesday at Prairie Public's television studios in Fargo. The debate was recorded and will be broadcast later.

The U.S. Senate has approved farm legislation, but it's stalled in the House. Gulleson says financial backers of Cramer's campaign want House Republicans to reject the Senate bill. Gulleson says that puts North Dakota farmers at risk.

The Senate bill links federal crop insurance coverage for farmers to participation in soil conservation programs.

Cramer says that's wrong, and he says North Dakota farmers shouldn't be “told how to farm.”

Gulleson says the provision could be removed in negotiations on the final farm bill.

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