In late December, North Dakota farm groups met for a roundtable discussion with state agricultural leaders and Senator John Hoeven. In the meeting, participants expressed the need to address quality challenges in crop insurance. One takeaway was scheduling a follow-up discussion with the USDA in Washington D.C. James Callan Associates CEO Jim Callan, a lobbyist for several North Dakota agricultural groups, says they are trying to schedule a meeting later this month. “We are getting it scheduled around January 30.” If updates are made to crop insurance, Callan says it’s likely they would go into effect for the 2021 crop year. “This has to deal with contract change dates that the agency has with insurance providers. It’s in process. There’s been lots of discussions with producers who have been impacted in North Dakota and other states like Minnesota and South Dakota. We look forward to continuing discussions in January.”
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