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Successful D.C. Fly-In for North Dakota Farmers

September 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After Congress returned from their summer break, more than 50 North Dakota farmers and ranchers from across the country held their annual fly-in at the nation's capitol. They spent much of this week talking to senators and representatives about farm issues.

North Dakota Farmers Union vice-president, Woody Barth, says they touched on three things.

"Of course health care - the need for health care. We talked about cap-and-trade legislation, and we talked about the dairy crisis; very important to rural American, rural North Dakota."

Those who went to D.C. had never made such a trip and they came away impressed, he says.

"It gave them a very good impression of Congress. When they left here, they felt they were where they made a difference, and also that Congress really should be held in a higher regard than we probably hold them back here now."

On the issue of cap-and-trade, Barth says farmers need a say in the discussion, which will be a "bottom line" financial issue for many farm operations.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND