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Farm Bill Passes, Waiting for President's Signature


A Farm Bill is finally on it's way to the President's Desk.
After waiting nearly three years, Congress passes a 2014 Farm Bill.
Both Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp voted in favor of the bill. 
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

(Dan Wogsland / ND Grain Growers) "It's been a three year process. Finally we are there."
Dan Wogsland with the North Dakota Grain Growers says he's happy to see Congress passing a 956 billion dollar bill to protect our nation's food supply.
(Dan Wogsland / ND Grain Growers) "This is food security for this country. This is making sure that you and I and all of us in this country have an affordable, safe food supply. That we can guarantee."
A majority of the bill isn't even for our nation's farmers.
Nearly 80% of the bill is dedicated towards nutrition food stamps.
While crop insurance, commodity and conservation programs make up roughly the remaining 20% of the bill.
While Wogsland says the bill isn't exactly what North Dakota farmers were hoping to see, it's a piece of legislation that's vital to our state's industry.
(Dan Wogsland / ND Grain Growers) "We've got some losses, we have got some gains. Tying crop insurance to conservation was the wrong approach, we said that from the beginning. It's a big concern, but without the Farm Bill farmers don't have something they can bank on, literally and figuratively, so it's a good thing. "
Roughly 36 million dollars will be directed towards the developing foreign markets.
Which, Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring says will help secure a safe food supply across the United States and abroad.
(Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring / ND (R))"Those are just another reason why we need a farm bill in place to support our level of production activity that exists in the United States of America, it certainly is about food security, for the United States, but we consumer far more than we consume, so we need to have markets for those abroad."
Goehring agrees, another extension is not the answer.
(Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring / ND (R)) "If you have the discontinuation of the farm bill you run the risk now of certain commodities going through the roof because they are locked in permanent law. Things like Milk and wheat would actually become very expensive, plus we would erode away our ability to support certain aspects of agriculture that provide necessities for society."
The 2014 Farm Bill is a 5 year bill.
The 2008 farm bill expired in September 2012. 
The year long extension expired September 30th, 2013.

Congressman Kevin Cramer also voted in favor of the bill.
The House passed the bill in a vote of 251-166. 


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