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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The following op-ed was jointly written by Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong. Click here to read it in The Bismarck Tribune.
BISMARCK – U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement in support of Governor Doug Burgum requesting a major presidential disaster declaration to unlock federal assistance for North Dakota’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for “substantive justification” on its decision to lift the import ban on Brazilian beef and expressed concerns that Brazilian beef cannot meet the United States’ rigorous food safety standards.
WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today announced that President Trump has approved the State of North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. The presidential disaster declaration makes federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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):
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.
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).