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Published August 14, 2013, 01:33 PM

Hoeven: Farm leaders should woo big-city lawmakers

North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven is asking agriculture producers in the state to lobby lawmakers from “urban and suburban” areas of the country about passing a farm bill.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven is asking agriculture producers in the state to lobby lawmakers from “urban and suburban” areas of the country about passing a farm bill.

Hoeven has spent the last two days in North Dakota talking with state representatives of farm groups. He met with about 20 people Wednesday in Fargo.

Hoeven is one of the farm bill negotiators for the Senate, which has approved a bipartisan five-year bill to govern farm programs and food stamps. The Republican-controlled House doesn’t like the Senate version and has refused to name conferees.

The North Dakota senator says Congress needs to get some of “those borderline guys” to support a farm bill and tells local ag leaders not to shy away from reform ideas.

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