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Most Farm Policies Likely to Remain Unaltered with New President

November 10, 2008

Jamestown, ND – When the new administration takes over, there probably won't be big farm policy changes, according to the view of Robert Carlson, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union.

Carlson expects the most noticeable reforms will be in U.S. trade policy, which he anticipates will be fairer to North Dakota producers, and also a reining-in of subsidy payments.

"I do expect that there may be a move to reintroduce a tighter payment cap of 250 thousand dollars per farm. I think on another front we are going to see more interest and a bigger push from this administration on biofuels."

While Carlson doesn’t expect wholesale changes in farm policy, he thinks that could change if the farm economy continues to sour.

"Unless the cost price squeeze continues and gets worse, then those of us in the agriculture community are going to be trying to get a higher safer net for producers."

Carlson believes it probably won't make much difference who's picked to be Secretary of Agriculture in the new administration.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND