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ND Farmers lobbying for disaster aid

By Dave Thompson

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Farmers Union members are participating in a "fly-in" to Washington, DC.

The focus: to lobby Congress for disaster aid for farmers.

"There are various forms of ag disaster all across this country," said North Dakota Farmers Union president Robert Carlson. "The fact that Florida, unfortunately, has had major losses may make it more politically feasible for us to get a disaster bill this year."

While some North Dakota farmers are expecting good crops, others were hurt by variable weather -- drought in the southwest, frost in the northeast and too much rain in north-central North Dakota.

A recent study by North Dakota State University shows farmers in the state have lost $500 million because of the variable weather.