Hoeven: USDA to Ensure Producers Have Access to Essential FSA Services, Including FSA Loans and Market Facilitation Program During Partial Shutdown

Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will bring back Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff to process new FSA direct and guaranteed operating loans, Marketing Assistance Loans and to administer the Market Facilitation Payment program. FSA will also administer the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverag… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Plan to Strengthen Border Security, Reopen Government

Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President outlined a compromise proposal to strengthen border security and end the partial government shutdown: "The President outlined a common-sense proposal to strengthen border security and reopen the government. The President's plan provides vital resources to secure the border, including funding for the wall, as well as technology and additional border patrol agents and security professionals. At the same time, it would ad… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Permitting Process for Energy Development

Senator John Hoeven this week reintroduced the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mineral Spacing Act, legislation to streamline and improve the permitting process for energy development. Currently, if the federal government owns any subsurface parcel of a spacing unit, an energy producer is required to receive a federal BLM drilling permit in addition to receiving all the necessary permits from the state or other relevant authorities. The BLM Mineral Spacing Act lifts the requirement for a feder… Continue Reading