The North Dakota House passed a bill that would create an equal distribution of funds between the state corn growers association and the state checkoff council. Bismarck Representative Brandon Prichard said the corn growers group now receives six percent of checkoff funds while the promotion and research council receives the rest. “The growers (group) is the advocacy and education wing of the industry and the ag committee feels a fair distribution of funds is necessary.” Prichard cited precedence with the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and North Dakota Wheat Commission. Representative Jared Hagert, who farms at Emerado, is a past chairman of the United Soybean Board and offered his perspective. “Fifty percent distribution might sound fair, but it really isn’t fair especially to the group that does research and promotion.”
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