BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has called a meeting of the agriculture community to discuss the upcoming farm bill for Friday, August 19.

“With the recent passage of the budget control act, I believe there is a good chance that the 2012 farm bill will be decided this fall,” Goehring said. “The discussion on Friday will be beneficial to our leaders in Washington when debating the upcoming farm bill.”

The farm bill discussion will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Brynhild Haugland Room of the State Capitol in Bismarck.

The budget control act creates a 12-member bipartisan super committee to recommend legislation that would reduce the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion. The standing committees of the House and Senate have until Oct. 14 to make recommendations to the super committee on program cuts under their jurisdiction.

“Essentially we have until Oct. 14 to provide input on farm bill programs that we feel are priority when it comes to supporting our North Dakota farmers and ranchers,” Goehring said.

The farm bill is generally passed every five years by congress and provides support for crops, livestock, conservation, nutrition, trade, agriculture research, farm credit, rural development, energy, forestry, and other programs.