On Saturday, farmers met in Thief River Falls to discuss tough harvest conditions with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson. Farmers told Peterson they are grateful for the help that’s been given, but would appreciate something more. Peterson challenged the group to consider what that looks like. He told the 55 in attendance another disaster aid bill isn’t likely, due to the push back of passing the last disaster bill, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to try to help. “I will look into whether we can do any kind of disaster aid, but I don’t know where we will get the money or a vehicle. I’ll talk to North Dakota Senator John Hoeven to see what we can come up with.” Farmers told Peterson they have a great crop in some fields and they can’t get to it. “I think there will be some farmers who won’t be able to harvest,” explained Peterson. “We’ll see how it sorts out, but it will be a bad winter I think.” Market Facilitation Program payments, U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement ratification and clarification on crop insurance were also addressed during the discussion.
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