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Heitkamp and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Discuss Farm Bill Negotiations


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the need to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill, the status of the sugar industry, and the importance of agricultural trade to North Dakota.

"We absolutely need to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill -- and we are so close. Secretary Vilsack and I agreed that this is an important week for a potential deal on the Farm Bill, and we're hopeful the Senate and House negotiators will be able to reach final compromises to push us even closer to a deal. The Secretary said he is committed to providing any needed support to help bridge the differences between the two bills, and stands at the ready to implement changes in the bill for the coming crop year. We need to keep the pressure on and finish this deal."

A member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Heitkamp played a key role in passing a bipartisan Farm Bill through the Senate in June. Members of Congress are now working to combine the Senate and House of Representative-passed bills into a compromise bill that can pass in both chambers.

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