Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., convened a meeting of his North Dakota Agriculture Advisory Committee on Wednesday to finalize a strategy for negotiations on the next Farm Bill.
Conrad, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in a written statement that the nationâ€™s â€œtenuous fiscal conditionâ€ could make this round of negotiations â€œamong the most challenging in history.â€
â€œEstablishing common objectives and priorities early on is an important step in ensuring another Farm Bill that benefits North Dakotaâ€™s family farmers,â€ he wrote.
Conradâ€™s advisory committee is made up of agricultural leaders from across the state.
During their Wednesday meeting, committee members detailed their priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill, including: ensuring an adequate safety net is in place for producers; providing adequate funding for crop insurance and conservation programs; reducing complexity and overlap to improve program efficiency; and continuing to promote the expansion of renewable energy production.
Conrad also announced that he will co-host a conference on the Farm Bill later this year with North Dakota State Universityâ€™s Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. The two-day conference will be held Nov. 7-8 in Fargo.