First Farm Bill Forum Successful
July 8, 2005
July 8, 2005 -- Thursday evening marked the first in a series of nationwide farm-bill listening sessions hosted by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. More than 400 stakeholders attended the full-capacity forum.
Johanns stated, ?My goal in conducting this nationwide tour is to listen closely to the opinions of our stakeholders and consider their experiences and insight as we prepare for a new farm bill.
?The interest in the next farm bill shown here today has exceeded my expectations. The thoughtful discourse on the direction of future farm policy is very encouraging and I look forward to the same caliber of discussion at future Farm Bill Forums as we continue our nationwide tour,? continued Johanns.
The Secretary announced dates for the following future forums: July 26 at 11:00 a.m., North Dakota State Fair, Minot, N.D.; Aug. 3 at 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Farm Fest, Redwood County, Minn.; and Aug. 4 at 11:00 a.m., Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, Wis.