Hoeven Announces Nearly $65 Million in Trade Promotion Funding for Agriculture Organizations Serving North Dakota Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded nearly $65 million to organizations serving North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The funds are awarded through USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help producers identify and access new markets for their products. Details of today’s funding are as follows:

  • American Soybean Association – $21.8 million
  • U.S. Grains Council – $13.9 million
  • Food Export Association of the Midwest USA – $13.8 million
  • U.S. Wheat Associates – $8.2 million
  • National Potato Promotion Board – $3.6 million
  • USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council – $1.5 million
  • U.S. Dry Bean Council – $1.4 million
  • Intertribal Agriculture Council – $272,000
  • National Association of State Departments of Agriculture – $249,000

“Our farmers and ranchers work hard to produce the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world,” Hoeven said. “That’s why I worked hard to pass a strong farm bill, and as agriculture appropriations chairman, I am committed to providing strong funding for our ag producers. Today’s awards will help boost exports and give our producers the tools they need to market and export their products.”

Today’s funds are part of Hoeven’s efforts to help mitigate impacts on North Dakota producers as a result of ongoing trade negotiations. The senator has been working with USDA to provide trade assistance to producers through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Producers have until February 14 to sign up for the second half of the MFP.