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Hoeven: Dakota Carrier Network CEO Named to New FCC Agriculture Task Force to Connect American Farmers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after Seth Arndorfer, CEO of Dakota Carrier Network, has been appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's Agriculture Task Force, which is responsible for helping ensure farmers and ranchers have the connectivity necessary to utilize precision agriculture. The Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technol… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Head Start Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Head Start has awarded $1,743,300 in Head Start funding to Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency. Today's funds will be used to assist children preparing for school through programs promoting comprehensive development, school readiness and access to health and wellness services. "Today's grants will help provide import… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nancy Germain from Fargo as Angel in Adoption

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated Nancy Germain from Fargo to represent North Dakota as the state's 2019 Angel in Adoption. As an Angel in Adoption honoree, Nancy attended the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Program in Washington, D.C. Nancy is the lead adoption specialist at Adults Adopting Special Kids (AASK), a collaborative program of Catholic Charities North Dakota and PATH North Dakota, where she has played a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Secure Disaster Assistance for Ranchers, Improve Access to Markets

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota (I-BAND) annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to help ranchers weather the challenges of an early blizzard and trade uncertainty. This includes advancing disaster assistance under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and securing access to markets by working to finalize and approve trade agreements as soon as possib… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Will Begin Issuing Next Tranche of MFP Payments Next Week

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the next tranche of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Hoeven has been urging USDA to provide this next tranche of trade assistance as soon as possible, including at his agriculture roundtable with Under Secreta… Continue Reading


Hoeven Supports State Primacy Over Regulation of Energy Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this week cosponsored a resolution introduced by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that supports state primacy over the regulation of hydraulic fracturing on state and private lands. The resolution further outlines that no moratorium should be imposed for hydraulic fracturing on federal or tribal lands, unless authorized by an Act of Congress. The full resolution can be found her… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CBP to Maintain Hours of Operation for Maida Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today issued the following statement after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it would maintain the existing hours of operation for the port of entry at Maida, North Dakota. Hoeven urged CBP earlier this month to reconsider its decision to reduce the hours at three ports in the state, including Maida, Antler and Carbury. Further, the senator pressed the agency to adhere to lan… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment From Energy Secretary Nominee Dan Brouillette to Visit North Dakota

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Dan Brouillette, Deputy Energy Secretary and the nominee to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Energy, to visit North Dakota and see firsthand the efforts of the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) and its partners to develop commercially-viable carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. Hoeven previously ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA to Defer Interest on 2019 Crop Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) will defer the accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums. Specifically, for producers with crop insurance policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on premiums to the termination date or January 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. This increased flexibility means that producers will now have until January… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on House Impeachment Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement regarding the House of Representatives impeachment hearing today: "The House Democrat's impeachment process, including today's hearing, has not followed precedent and has not provided the President with important due process rights. Also, we have the transcript of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky. President Trump said there was no quid pro quo and President Zelensky said he did not believe he was being pre… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Reclamation Begins EIS Process for Eastern ND Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has approved the notice of intent, beginning the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the Eastern North Dakota Alternate Water Supply (ENDAWS) Project. Hoeven spoke with Mike Black, BOR Great Plains Regional Director, who indicated that BOR will work in a collaborative manner to ensure the timely completion of the EIS, wh… Continue Reading


Hoeven Nominates Six Students to Military Academies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated six North Dakota students for appointments to the nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated Catherine Schlosser of St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA); MacKenzie Kirkpatrick of Fargo North High School in Fargo to the USNA; Jacob Dosch of Shanley High School in Fargo to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA); Ryan Hermes of Oakes High School in Oakes to the USAFA; Adelyn Emter of Trinity… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure RMA Provides Certainty to Farmers & Helps Resolve Crop Insurance Disputes

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a meeting with North Dakota producers and Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Martin Barbre to ensure RMA assists crop insurance adjustors as they assess damage from recent adverse weather and help resolve disputes. Barbre's visit comes as part of the senator's efforts to support farmers and ranchers as they recover from natural disasters including, excessive moisture and an early snowfall. To this end, Hoeven worked to: Secure a disaster d… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Veterans at American Legion Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, today spoke at the American Legion's Veterans Day ceremony to pay tribute to the state's veterans and outline his efforts to provide them with the benefits and recognition they have earned. "Our freedoms have been secured by the sweat and sacrifice of courageous men and women who, throughout our history, have bravely done what was needed to protect our nation and… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Approves Disaster Designation for 47 Counties

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today was informed by USDA that Secretary Sonny Perdue has approved the State of North Dakota's request for a Secretarial disaster designation for 47 counties as a result of natural disasters in 2019, including extreme late season rainfall and the early snowstorm. Hoeven hosted Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey in the Red R… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Rural Business Development Grant in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $114,000 to the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce through its Rural Business Development Grant program. Today's funds will go toward a workforce development center, with plans to assist at least ten businesses. "Today's investment supports various workforce training opportunities," said Hoeven. "This will pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Under Secretary Northey to Hear from North Dakota Producers, See Disaster Impacts Firsthand

CASS COUNTY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will host U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Bill Northey in the Red River Valley on Friday to hear from producers and see the impacts of flooding and an early blizzard firsthand. This is part of the senator's efforts with the administration and Northey, who oversees the Farm Service Agency (FSA), to ensure farmers receive trade and disaster assistance as soon as possible. Details of the visit will be announced in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on 130th Anniversary of North Dakota Statehood

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement on the 130th anniversary of North Dakota's statehood. President Benjamin Harrison approved statehood for North Dakota in 1889, making it the country's 39th state. "Today we honor the 130th anniversary of North Dakota's founding," said Hoeven. "As our state continues to grow, we remember all those who worked hard to make our great state into what it is today. The deeply rooted values of hard work and perseverance are still … Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke on the Senate floor to outline comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid and substance abuse epidemic that continues to impact communities across the country. The senator worked to include important provisions in the SUPPORT Act, which was signed into law last year, to help prevent illegal drugs, like fentanyl, from infiltrating communities. Additionally, Hoeven is working to advance important opioid abuse prevention and treatment funding. "Our… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Hoeven Resolution Designating November 2 as National Bison Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution he introduced to designate November 2, 2019 as National Bison Day. The resolution recognizes our national mammal, the North American bison, and its ecological, cultural and historic contributions. "A symbol of strength and dignity, the bison reflects the pioneering spirit exemplified by Americans throughout our history," said Hoeven. "We worked to designate the bison as our national mammal and… Continue Reading

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