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Published February 17, 2012, 12:05 AM

Curt Hofstad, Devils Lake, letter: Trust Berg to support farmers and farming

Rep. Berg grew up on a farm in Hettinger, N.D., and has faithfully served our state in the Legislature for many years. He’s not one to turn his back on North Dakota or the farming community.

By: Curt Hofstad,

DEVILS LAKE — Wow. Those working against Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., must be getting desperate, and it’s only February.

If a recent letter is any indication of just how untruthful some people are going to be about Berg’s work in the agriculture community, it’s going to be a long election season (“Farm bill delay serves Berg’s interests,” Page A4, Feb. 7).

The letter suggests Berg is avoiding the next farm bill and that he’s someone who would put politics over farmers and ranchers. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Berg grew up on a farm in Hettinger, N.D., and has faithfully served our state in the Legislature for many years. He’s not one to turn his back on North Dakota or the farming community.

So, in June 2011, Berg voted for an agriculture appropriations bill that contained $125 billion in funding for agriculture.

The mandatory funding in the bill increased by $3 billion over the previous year.

That’s hardly the slash and burn funding that some depict it as.

In these difficult economic times, it’s important that government prioritize its spending and seek every possible way to protect the taxpayers’ money.

This is what Berg is doing in the House, and this is what he’ll do in the Senate.

Curt Hofstad

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