Agriculture

Agriculture is the foundation of North Dakota’s economy. It contributes over $10 billion to our economy, as farmers and ranchers across the state work every day to grow the world’s food. Farming and ranching is more than a job to North Dakotans. It’s a way of life. Farmers and ranchers wake with the sun, work with their hands, and dutifully care for their crops and livestock day in and day out.

Because of farmers’ and ranchers’ efforts, North Dakota is the number one state for navy beans, pinto beans, canola, flaxseed, honey, dry peas, durum wheat and spring wheat; the number two state for black beans, Great Northern beans, lentils and sunflower; and the number three state for barley, oats and sugarbeets. (All stats via the U.S. Department of Agriculture, applicable for 2018.) To learn more about North Dakota’s agriculture industry, please visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture website here.

In Congress, Congressman Armstrong works to make sure North Dakota’s agriculture industry is heard.

 

More on Agriculture

November 27, 2019 In The News

DICKINSON, N.D. - Rep. Kelly Armstrong held an open forum with community members at Dickinson State University's Beck Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 26, where he addressed the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, among other issues such as drug pricing, farming and immigration.

Impeachment

Armstrong likened the impeachment inquiry to the blue dress/gold dress debate in 2015 in which internet users across the country argued about the color of a dress.

November 21, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined the "Inside Agriculture" podcast with Erick Johnson this week to discuss the latest news out of Washington. Listen to their discussion below:

November 19, 2019 Media Resources

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined a bipartisan letter urging federal authorities to do what they can to ensure the continued supply of propane to the Midwest. The letter was led by Congressman Collin Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and signed by over 30 Representatives. 

Click here to see the PDF of the letter or view the text of the letter below:

November 4, 2019 In The News

Gov. Doug Burgum, working alongside State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, and backed by North Dakota’s congressional delegation, has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a secretarial disaster declaration to make available federal assistance to farmers struggling with the extremely wet harvest.

“The unusual and relentless wet weather pattern has created an overwhelming situation for many North Dakota farmers and ranchers. It has been one of the toughest seasons on record,” Goehring said.

November 1, 2019 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to approve the State of North Dakota’s request for an agriculture disaster designation as a result of the extreme late season rainfall as well as the early snowstorm. The state is seeking a designation for 47 counties. Producers in counties with an approved secretarial disaster designation for the blizzard will be automatically eligible for disaster assistance under the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).

November 1, 2019 Media Resources

Unprecedented September rain and an early October snowstorm have combined to give North Dakota farmers a terrible harvest season. That’s why Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined with Sen. John Hoeven and Sen. Kevin Cramer in urging USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to approve the state of North Dakota’s request for an agriculture disaster designation.

September 13, 2019 In The News

While talks of impeaching President Donald Trump continue to swirl nationwide, North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong sees the movement as a waste of time.

“We have an election coming up in two years,” he said. “If they don’t want Donald Trump to be president they should go beat Donald Trump.”

September 6, 2019 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong held a roundtable discussion today with key agriculture stakeholders on the United States’ proposed trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Joined by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and two dozen farmers and stakeholders on the North Dakota State University campus, Armstrong stressed that finalizing this trade agreement is one of his top priorities this fall – if Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will allow it to come up for a vote. 

July 30, 2019 In The News

GRAND FORKS - Though the United States has not yet ratified the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, its proponents are confident it will.

The U.S. reached agreement with Mexico and Canada in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in November. Mexico ratified the USMCA in June, and it appears Canada is making progress toward that, as well.

However, in the U.S., Republicans and Democrats continue to debate parts of the agreement and Congress recessed Sunday, July 28, without taking action.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, H.R. 2336, passed the House. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, and subcommittee member Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) are original cosponsors of the Family Farmer Relief Act.