With much of the current farm bill set to expire in 2012, Congress will be holding hearings to determine what, if any, changes should be made.
North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Won Koo, director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University, have joined together to host a conference called "2012 Farm Policy: Issues and Challenges" to discuss key issues and identify farm policy alternatives.
The conference will be held Nov. 7-8 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will join Sen. Conrad in the discussions.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; U.S. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D.; and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple have been invited to attend. Other featured speakers are Michael Scuse, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services acting undersecretary; Doug Goehring, North Dakota commissioner of agriculture; Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president; Wayne Hurst, National Association of Wheat Growers president; Bill Murphy, U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency administrator; and Mark Lange, National Cotton Council president and CEO.
Topics include the budget implications for U.S. agricultural policy, the farm policy political environment, fundamentals of the new farm bill, emerging issues, designing the appropriate policy framework for production agriculture, competing in a global market, media influence on agricultural policy, USDA's role and priorities and crop insurance.
The fee for the conference is $150 if paid by Oct. 17 and $180 if registering after that. The fee includes meals, references and conference materials. To register, go to http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/capts/.