North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) is hosting a series of farm bill listening sessions, July 17-19, to get farmer and rancher input on a new farm bill.

“Our current farm bill expires in September of next year,” said Mark Watne. “The clock is ticking. We want to make sure family farmers and ranchers have input into this critical piece of legislation that will affect their operation.”

Six listening sessions have been slated across the state. National Farmers Union staff and invited congressional staff will be present to hear producer concerns. Watne said NDFU will be forwarding producer comments to North Dakota congressional offices and National Farmers Union.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

July 17              10 a.m.          Roughrider Center, Watford City

July 17                3 p.m.          North Central Experiment Station, Minot

July 18              10 a.m.          Fireside Inn, Devils Lake

July 18                3 p.m.          Hillsboro Event Center, Hillsboro

July 19              10 a.m.          N.D. Heritage Center, Bismarck

July 19                3 p.m.          NDFU Conference Center, Jamestown


LISTEN to the Red River Farm Network’s interview with President Mark Watne