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North Dakota farming amendment efforts continue for the 2012 ballot

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October 31, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

BISMARCK, North Dakota: Efforts for a North Dakota farming amendment remains strong following approval for petition circulation in August 2011.

Filed and approved for circulation, the measure calls for a constitutional amendment that would block any law "which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices."

The measure is sponsored by the North Dakota Farm Bureau.

North Dakota Farm Bureau President Eric Aasmundstad said, in a report by the Associated Press, that the goal is to protect the future of the state's agriculture industry from organizations that propose strict rules. Such rules, supporters say, increase the cost of food in grocery stores and hurt local businesses.[1]

Others, however, argue that agriculture industry needs to be humane to animals and fair to other property owners. Opponents specifically argue that the proposed measure is too broad.[1]

In order to qualify for the 2012 ballot supporters are required to collect a minimum of 26,904 valid signatures by August 8, 2012. Already, North Dakota has 5 certified measures on the 2012 ballot.

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