The farm bill is absolutely critical to the nation's farm economy.
That's what North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp told an appreciative crowd at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Farmers Union in Minot today.
Heitkamp says millions of jobs across the nation are tied to the economic viability of farmers and ranchers.
And she says the current negotiations between the House and Senate over the final form of the bill will get back on track.
Those talks derailed somewhat yesterday over arguments about the cotton portion of the bill.
(Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, -D- ND) "I think it's going to depend on what the will is of the conferees and what the will is of the Congress to actually do a farm bill and I hope that after we did what we did in October when we shut down, when Congress shut down the government and people saw something that was completely dysfunctional that everybody wants to get to work and do things in regular order and in a timely fashion."
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Roger Johnson also addressed the North Dakota Farmers Union in their annual meeting today.
Tomorrow, Senator John Hoeven is scheduled to speak to the group as it wraps up its convention in Minot.