BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota Democratic U.S. House
candidate Pam Gulleson says backers of Republican rival Kevin
Cramer are delaying a new federal farm bill.
Gulleson and Cramer debated the farm bill's provisions Tuesday
at Prairie Public's television studios in Fargo. The debate was
recorded and will be broadcast later.
The U.S. Senate has approved farm legislation, but it's stalled
in the House. Gulleson says financial backers of Cramer's campaign
want House Republicans to reject the Senate bill. Gulleson says
that puts North Dakota farmers at risk.
The Senate bill links federal crop insurance coverage for
farmers to participation in soil conservation programs.
Cramer says that's wrong, and he says North Dakota farmers
shouldn't be ``told how to farm.''
Gulleson says the provision could be removed in negotiations on
the final farm bill.