February 28, 2020

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and EPA Issues

Farm Bill

Dan Feldner reported yesterday at the Minot Daily News Online (North Dakota) that, “The first hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill to be held in North Dakota happened Monday afternoon in Mohall, as six area producers gave testimony to Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on what they would like to see included.”

The article noted that, “‘Agriculture is still the number one part of our economy,’ Conrad said. ‘The farm bill plays a big role in how effective the agricultural economy is for our state, and I’m pleased to report to you that North Dakota came out number one in terms of per capita payments under the farm bill. And we are number one by a big margin.’

“Conrad said $700 million a year flows to North Dakota producers through the farm bill, equating to per capita payments of $2,628 per person. He noted the next state, South Dakota, got about half as much per capita as North Dakota did.”