Farm Bill Reaction - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Farm Bill Reaction

Posted: Updated:

The new farm bill is expected to get a vote in the US Senate this week.

It's widely expected to pass and to get the president's signature.

And if that happens it will mark the first time a farm bill has included money for research into peas, lentils, and other pulse crops.

Greg Johnson of North Dakota Port Services is the chairman of the American Pulse Association and says the farm bill's inclusion of pulse research is a major accomplishment at a time when legislators were looking for savings.

(Greg Johnson, American Pulse Association) "It's exciting because all we talk about is the negativeness, yet you see in the farm bill $25 billion in savings or something like that, there is still room for things that have a future to them."

He says the health benefits of the crops need to be better understood and promoted to help Americans identify the advantages of eating the products.

(Greg Johnson, American Pulse Association) "We want to educate our children. Our children, as we know, will adjust their eating habits if it's something they like to eat. We need to also educate them on the nutritional value of the crop and what it can do in a product to them. At the end of the day whether it's pulses or other products our farmers produce in the US, we can make a healthier diet for our children and they'll be healthier as adults."

Johnson says the farm bill in its final form included 25 million dollars per year for five years devoted to research on pulse crops including looking for ways to make the products more convenient for consumers.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Five Injured in Explosion at Bonfire

    Five Injured in Explosion at Bonfire

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:48:42 GMT
    Five people where hurt when an explosion rocked a bonfire in southeast Minot over the weekend and a local man has been charged with a crime in the incident.
    Five people where hurt when an explosion rocked a bonfire in southeast Minot over the weekend and a local man has been charged with a crime in the incident.
  • Student Spotlight --- Burke Central

    Student Spotlight --- Burke Central

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:59:59 GMT

    Our Student Spotlight is shining on Lignite tonight - that's where Burke Central high school senior Megan Peterson is at the top of her class.

    Our Student Spotlight is shining on Lignite tonight - that's where Burke Central high school senior Megan Peterson is at the top of her class.

  • Tribes Host Oil-Gas Summit

    Tribes Host Oil-Gas Summit

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:06:47 GMT
    The busiest tribal land in the US for oil exploration sits in the heart of the Bakken formation.More than one thousand oil wells on the Fort Berthold Reservation are producing close to 200-thousand barrels of oil every day.And today, the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nations opened their annual Oil and Gas Summit at the Four Bears Events Center, spotlighting oil development and environmental stewardship.Following a traditional native song and colorful dance, Chairman Tex Hall opened the event by poi...
    The busiest tribal land in the US for oil exploration sits in the heart of the Bakken formation.More than one thousand oil wells on the Fort Berthold Reservation are producing close to 200-thousand barrels of oil every day.And today, the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nations opened their annual Oil and Gas Summit at the Four Bears Events Center, spotlighting oil development and environmental stewardship.Following a traditional native song and colorful dance, Chairman Tex Hall opened the event by poi...
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.