Members of Congress are heading home this weekend for a five-week holiday, leaving the 2012 Farm Bill in limbo. North Dakota politicians — regardless of party labels — aren’t happy. But their universal disappointment isn’t stopping them from pointing fingers and laying blame.
While House lawmakers on Capitol Hill were marking up their version of the 2012 farm bill on Wednesday, North Dakota’s congressional candidates each held discussions Wednesday with Fargo-area farmers and ranchers to gather insight on what they want out of the final bill.
With unified support from Minnesota’s and North Dakota’s delegations, the 2012 Farm Bill passed the Senate on Thursday. The Senate voted 64-35 in favor of the bill, an action that puts the legislation in the House’s hands.
Farmers have been most surprised about two things when attending July informational meetings in North Dakota about the 2012 farm bill — the federal subsidy for crop insurance and the sheer amount of federal outlays for agricultural programs in the state.
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