During the interim, North Dakota agriculture groups met to find consensus on the expansion of animal agriculture in the state. Senate Agriculture and Veteran Affairs Committee Chair Larry Luick was part of a meeting this past week with North Dakota Farmers Union to discuss this same issue. “They’re worried that some of the big, giant food companies will come in and monopolize the whole state,” said Luick. “That isn’t possible if we put language in to restrict them in certain ways; we can have management practices that benefit local farmers.” The corporate farming issue has been a frequent issue in the legislature. The new soybean crush facilities coming to the region has renewed that conversation for this session. Luick, who farms at Fairmount, said county and township roads, pipelines and water issues will also get attention in his committee.
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