Hoeven Presses for Trade Assistance to Continue Helping Producers Impacted by Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke this week with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to outline the importance of providing the second half of trade assistance to help producers impacted by trade negotiations.  

“I’m encouraged that China is starting to buy soybeans from U.S. producers. At the same time, I called OMB Director Mulvaney and emphasized that it is very important that the USDA continue with the trade assistance payment for our farmers,” said Hoeven. “We want to see both that assistance, as well as China coming back into the market to buy our agriculture products.”

In August, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rolled out the first half of its trade assistance to aid producers while the Administration works to negotiate better trade deals for the nation. Hoeven is encouraging both OMB and USDA to provide the second half of support for farmers.