New Farm Bill Should be Public-Friendly

Calling the latest Farm Bill negotiations some of the most challenging and critical of his career, North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad has laid out a strategy for the development of a new Farm Bill. Conrad says we need a new farm bill that is easily defensible to the broader public.

Conrad is concerned – that powerful media outlets on the east and west coasts, along with opponents of government programs, have downplayed the vital role production agriculture plays – to the health of the nation and have been unfairly critical of federal farm programs.

Producers are telling Conrad – we need to maintain a strong crop insurance program. Conrad has proposed a new program that will compliment crop insurance, without duplicating or undermining it, – by providing some protection from shallow losses that crop insurance typically does not cover. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.