North Dakota farm groups backing crop insurance, research

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota farm groups say crop insurance, research and export promotion should be among the top priorities for federal spending in the next farm bill.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is hosting a meeting Friday to talk about what federal programs are most important to North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers.

Goehring says the question is urgent now because an appointed committee of Congress is going to be recommending reductions in federal spending.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s state director, Shane Goettle, says it’s a certainty that federal farm spending will be reduced.

He says that makes it crucial that farm groups give a list of their most important programs.

Goettle says it’s also important that farm groups emphasize that agriculture is a tiny part of the federal budget.


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