Guest Post: You Can’t Have A Farm Bill Without A Budget


The Democrats have been beating up North Dakota’s freshman, first-term congressman Rick Berg for not bringing the farm bill to the floor for a vote. Last time I checked, Congressman Berg was not part of the House Ag Committee – whether you agree with that committee placement or not, you must remember that he is on one of, if not, the most powerful committees in the House – the Ways and Means committee.

Is the Farm Bill important to North Dakota? Absolutely! Is a budget important to North Dakota and America’s future? I think most of you would say yes, unless of course you are a Democrat running for a US Senate seat in ND.

For the first time in American history we have $16 trillion in debt, and our credit rating has been downgraded. I could list many other firsts for our country when it comes to our nation’s debt and deficit, and because I respect your time I will limit the list to the two mentioned. We all know we are headed towards a fiscal cliff. In fact, at the rate we are going by 2025 our nation will be collecting only enough revenue to pay for Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and interest on our debt. Yes, that means not one penny for the farm bill, military, transportation, or anything else our federal government spends money on. So before you jump on the “Let’s beat up Rick Berg,” bandwagon let’s take a look at our current US Senator Kent Conrad.

Senator Kent Conrad has been a US Senator for the past 25 years (not a freshman), and he is the chairman of the US Senate Budget committee. He has not brought a budget resolution to the US Senate floor for over 3 years (April 29th, 2009). By the way, producing a budget is law, you know one of those things that legislators create for us pesky taxpayers, to pass a budget every year by April 15th. Why has a 25 year veteran Senator who is the head of the US Senate Budget committee not brought a budget to the floor you might ask? He said this morning on Morning Joe, “…it is an election year…”

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Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks

So before we beat up Rick Berg, let’s be sure we are looking at the entire fiscal picture for America.

You can watch the Chris Berg show every day at 9:30am at

Chris Berg

Chris Berg is the host of the 6:30 Point of View television program on Valley News Live in Fargo.

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  • Goon

    Actually, that is a good point, I don’t know how you can have a farm bill without a Budget.

  • melissapaulik

    My understanding of the farm bill is that it expands the food stamp program. Is it really in our best interest to get that thing to the floor “as is” or are we finally going to hold fast on the growth in government? I hope that Rick is thinking of the broader needs of this country, and not simply how he can buy the votes of ND farmers. It we can all afford to buy food, farmers win. If we keep spiraling downward, it’s only a matter of time before the farmers are working for the government.
    BTW, as I’m writing this, I’m searching for a reliable source for information on how much the current bill will increase the SNAP program. Predictably, the dems call it “cuts” by my suspicion is that it’s just a cut in the increases. I’d be interested if anyone has the specifics.

  • toomuchguvmint

    The proposed farm bill is important to ND if you think that the federal government should be targeting extreme wealth to a select few individuals via schemes that guarantee these individuals crop investments as well in many cases their profitability. In 2011 more than 10,000 farmers received an annual crop insurance subsidy varying from $100,000 to over $1,000,000. This is in just one year 2011