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Farmers highlight farm bill issues

By Staff | May 4, 2012

North Dakota Farmers Union members joined about 100 family farmers and ranchers from across the country in Washington, D.C., on April 16-17, for the National Farmers Union (NFU) Spring Legislative Fly-In.

“Meeting with our representatives in Congress allowed us to put a face to the issues currently affecting rural Americans, particularly the upcoming farm bill which was the focus of this fly-in,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Meeting face-to-face with the policymakers and voicing our concerns and possible solutions is one of the most important ways we can make a difference for all U.S. farmers.”

Farmers Union members urged members of Congress to pass a farm bill in 2012. Specifically, members encouraged Congress to support a Market-Driven Inventory System (MDIS), funding for the energy title, a livestock title that protects Country-of-Origin-Labeling , and a strong safety net that protects family farmers.

“As Congress is considering the 2012 Farm Bill, it is critical that our message advocating for a strong safety net and MDIS is heard,” said Johnson. “It is only every few years that we can influence this most important piece of legislation. The work our members from the Rugby area did over the last few days really does make impact on the future of farm programs.

Sheila Ostrem, Tim Ostrem and Andy Fedje of Rugby all traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of the North Dakota Farmers Union organization.

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