July 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm in INFORUM
AMENIA, N.D. Farmers and ranchers from North Dakota and western Minnesota say they want less red tape and more fairness in the next farm bill.
Tags: Agriculture, amenia, Collin Peterson, communities, Earl Pomeroy, Farm, farm bill, Politics 5 Comments »
Congress must be on vacation; Little Lord Pomeroy has donned a new plaid shirt from LL Bean and is tromping around farm fields, looking for photo ops.
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Pomeroy only allowed 12 people to come talk to him about the farm bill? Does this seem a little odd to anyone else?
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I guess I am looking for someone in the know to clarify this. Was it open to all, and only 12 showed up? or was it a private event where 12 people were hand picked to represent all the farmers and ranchers of ND and MN? I am just curious and would like to have more info…
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Does this help?
“Congressmen Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Earl Pomeroy make opening statements before listening to testimony from farm industry leaders at right to gather input for a new Farm Bill. The forum was held on the Bill, Gwen and John Hejl farm Wednesday near Amenia.”
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I suspect by “fairness” these farmers don’t have in mind eliminating or even reducing subsidies to make for a fairer market.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s handy farm subsidy database, Bill Hejl has collected a tidy $577,602 from 1995 through 2009 (http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=007549233), John Hejl has taken in $11,288 from 2007 through 2009 (http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=000193289), and Aaron Krauter has benefited by a total of $738.039 from 1995 through 2009 (http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=007601864).
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