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Crop insurance programs will be among the topics discussed at a farm bill conference that will be held in Fargo on April 12. (NDSU photo) Crop insurance programs will be among the topics discussed at a farm bill conference that will be held in Fargo on April 12. (NDSU photo)
Insurance programs, conservation and trade are among the topics that will be covered.

North Dakota producers will have an opportunity to learn about farm policy and issues related to the anticipated 2018 U.S. farm bill during a daylong conference April 12 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.

Producers will be able to engage with industry leaders, experts and others while considering novel farm policy ideas for the upcoming farm bill and the bill’s impact on agriculture in North Dakota and globally, according to Saleem Shaik, director of North Dakota State University’s Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. Shaik is helping organize the conference in cooperation with the state’s two U.S. senators, John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and its U.S. representative, Kevin Cramer.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Topics that will be covered are:

  • Current issues with the farm bill’s commodities and crop insurance programs and whether they need to be modified or new programs should be developed
  • Conservation - resource and environmental concerns
  • Trade - status and impact of existing free-trade agreements and the possibility of additional multilateral trade agreements
  • How past and present U.S. agricultural policies may influence future policies

The registration fee is $75 if paid by April 1 and $100 after that. Visit to learn more about the conference or register.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - March 13, 2017

Source:Saleem Shaik, 701-231-7459,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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