- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s biggest farm group is planning a rally in Bismarck to protest the Legislature’s decision to loosen the state’s Depression-era ban against corporate farming.

The North Dakota Farmers Union event is slated for Friday afternoon on the steps of the state Capitol.

Former North Dakota Agriculture commissioner Roger Johnson, who now serves as president of the National Farmers Union, is slated to speak at the event.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the legislation last week that exempts ailing pork and dairy operations from the state’s anti-corporate farming law.

Farmers Union officials say they may begin a petition drive to refer the legislation to voters.

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