FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2007


Contact: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242

2007 farm bill will be topic of Agricultural Development
Forum Feb. 1 at State Fairgrounds

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, ranking minority member
of House Ag Committee, among speakers

RALEIGH – Farmers and others interested in U.S. farm policy can hear a variety of perspectives about the 2007 farm bill at the Agricultural Development Forum on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the State Fairgrounds.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be the host of the forum, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Admission is free.

Speakers are U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee; agriculture advocate and former Texas congressman Charles Stenholm; Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation; National Grange Master William “Bill” Steel; and Kenneth Auer, president and CEO of The Farm Credit Council.

The forum also will feature panel discussions about potential segments of the next farm bill. Panelists will include congressional staff members and representatives of commodity and farm groups.

“The 2007 farm bill will surely be a hot topic in this session of Congress,” Troxler said. “Through this forum, we want to provide the agricultural community with an opportunity to gather information and give their opinions about federal farm bill programs pertaining to commodities, conservation, biomass research, alternative energy and risk management.”

The forum is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the N.C. Farm Bureau Federation, N.C. State Grange and N.C. Farm Credit Associations.

For information, go to http://www.ncagr.com/paffairs/AgDevelopmentForum.htm, or contact Dewitt Hardee at (919) 733-7125 or dewitt.hardee@ncagr.gov.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047