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.

 

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December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong released the following statement following his vote in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 5430):

December 13, 2019 In The News

Historic rainfall. Early snow and sub-zero temperatures. Trade wars.

What more could have gone wrong for the region’s farmers in 2019?

But now comes a bit of good news with forward movement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal expected to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico ratified the USMCA this past summer, and now – as both U.S. political parties come into agreement – the deal is likely to be formalized.

December 13, 2019 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Trump to approve the State of North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. In a letter to the Administration, the delegation wrote in support of the state’s request for a presidential declaration, which would make assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

December 13, 2019 In The News

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

December 11, 2019 In The News

The stage has been set, finally, for a deal on a new North American trade agreement, which has been stalled amid both partisan rancor and concerns about various provisions ranging from labor standards to a 10-year protection for biologic drugs that might have kept prices high.

The U.S. House of Representatives has agreed to bring the USMCA trade deal to a vote in its chamber after nearly a year of negotiations. The measure is widely expected to pass, after which it will head to the Senate for its consideration.

December 11, 2019 In The News

BISMARCK, N.D. - House Democrats announced a modified U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement Tuesday morning.

House Democrats and the Trump administration have been working on the agreement for more than a year.

New provisions outlined in the agreement, benefits North Dakota's oil and agriculture industries.

A new agreement that made key changes to a 1994 deal.

"There is no question that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong released the following statement today on the announcement of a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“This is a huge win for North Dakota, a huge win for America, and a huge win for President Trump. My only question is why it took so long. Let’s get it done.”

Armstrong is serving his first term representing the state of North Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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: