- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Tamra Heins of New Salem says her town is proud of its dairy heritage but she has seen many of her neighbors leave the dying industry.

The hog farmer spoke in support of a bill Friday that would exempt dairy and pork operations from North Dakota’s more than 80-year-old anti-corporate farming law. It’s a move supporters say will help those industries rebound after years of decline.

Opponents say the current law blocks unfair competition from big, out-of-state corporations.

Heins’ town also is the home of Salem Sue, a huge fiberglass cow that is 38 feet tall.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Joe Miller jokingly asked Heins if Salem Sue contributed to the town’s milk production.

Heins says Salem Sue would have been “culled from the herd a long time ago.”

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