Agriculture groups are beginning to lay the foundation for the 2023 farm bill debate. “I would like to see them enhance the safety net a little bit,” said North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne. “We need more money into it so we don’t have to rely on ad hoc disaster and if not, we need to go to permanent disaster.” Watne also wants a more targeted approach to farm payments. Watne believes a strong crop insurance program is a must. Regarding climate, an incentive-based approach is advocated. “Let’s put a carrot out there to get farmers to conform if they want to.”
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