Hoeven Statement on President's Remarks to American Farm Bureau

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the President spoke today to the American Farm Bureau Federation: 

“I had a good meeting with the President at the White House last week. We talked about agriculture, not only trade but the importance of a strong farm bill. Right up front, I emphasized crop insurance, so I was very pleased that the President expressed his strong support for crop insurance today during his speech to the American Farm Bureau, because it’s very important to our producers.

“The President today highlighted the importance of investing in rural America and making our communities stronger and more vibrant. He outlined the benefits of our work to provide tax and regulatory relief that enables our farmers and ranchers to grow and invest in their operations. We’ve worked hard to roll back burdensome regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. rule, which have hampered economic growth.

“We appreciate the administration’s focus on building rural infrastructure, including ensuring better internet access. As chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I will continue our efforts to ensure that communities, regardless of zip code, have the infrastructure and services they need to provide rural residents with a high quality of life. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with the President and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to support our nation’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including passing a good farm bill with strong crop insurance and counter-cyclical programs to provide our producers with the tools they need to succeed. As I reminded the President last week, good farm policy benefits every American, every day with the lowest cost, highest quality food supply in the world.”