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Published September 27, 2013, 03:15 PM

Farmers frustrated over lack of farm bill progress

Both Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven don't think the 2013 Farm Bill will be passed by its Monday deadline and North Dakota farmers are upset with lawmakers' lack of bipartisanship and inability to pass the overdue bill.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Both Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven don't think the 2013 Farm Bill will be passed by its Monday deadline and North Dakota farmers are upset with lawmakers' lack of bipartisanship and inability to pass the overdue bill.

Farmer Rick Ostlie of Ostlie farms is a soybean grower in Northwood. He feels the farm bill has failed because of Congress's inability to work together. One of the biggest factors that will hit his business is closing export enhancement, which promotes products worldwide. He says he's upset that lawmakers have failed to pass a bill that supports America's food growers.

"Everything that happens in congress has to either hit the deadline or go past it before they actually, finally give it some attention," said Ostlie.

Congress is currently working out one of three options: Enact a new plan, approve another extension, or let the current extension expire, which would leave the 1949 farm bill to fill the void.

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