Hoeven: USDA Secretary Perdue to Visit North Dakota Next Week

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will host U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in North Dakota next week. Perdue will meet with local producers to discuss priorities for the upcoming farm bill as well as Hoeven’s continued efforts to secure strong support for programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), such as drought assistance, through annual funding legislation. The upcoming visit fulfills a commitment Hoeven secured from Perdue to come to the state and hear from North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers, commodity groups and agriculture researchers.

“We look forward to hosting Secretary Perdue in North Dakota to see firsthand the good work of our state’s farmers and ranchers,” said Hoeven. “The Secretary’s visit will enable him to hear directly from our state’s agriculture industry about their priorities for the farm bill, as well as how USDA can best help our agriculture industry to overcome challenges ranging from low-commodity prices to drought. These insights will be valuable as we work with the administration to pass a good farm bill with strong crop insurance and counter-cyclical programs to provide our producers with the tools they need to succeed.”