Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Grain Growers President Mike Martin lobbied for immediate disaster assistance and improved crop insurance in the upcoming Farm Bill in a meeting recently with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.
Dalrymple says he told Johanns that either a disaster title or improved crop insurance in the upcoming Farm Bill are essential to maintaining a healthy agriculture economy in North Dakota.
"I impressed on both the Secretary and the Senator the importance of helping farmers recover from severe losses in the past two years," Dalrymple says. "To get things back on track, we need to provide short-term relief to producers now, but we also need to make sure we have a solid safety net in the new Farm Bill to break the cycle of repeated emergency disaster aid legislation."
Dalrymple and Martin also discussed renewable energy initiatives.
"I addressed the initiative of cellulosic ethanol with the Secretary, something that could bring a new profitable option for North Dakota producers," Martin says. "I felt the Secretary was very receptive on creating a way to move forward with pilot testing of technologies required for future development of the dedicated biomass crop industry. There appears to be adequate funding for these types of research efforts from the forthcoming energy title."
Source: Lt. Gov. Dalrymple's office.