Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman joined North Dakota Senator John Hoeven for a farm bill roundtable Friday in Fargo. The feedback was familiar; do no harm to crop insurance, maintain the sugar program and invest in agriculture research. “Whatever changes we make need to be additions to the farm bill acts we’ve been working under, keep them as amendments,” said Pete Hanebutt, director of public policy, NDFB. “We need to work on risk management tools and after that, we should maintain funding for adequate USDA staff and resources.” North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne would like to see a more permanent disaster program. “It will come down to what dollars are available in the baseline.” Hear the story.