Hoeven gathers more feedback on farm bill

Hoeven met virtually with water retention and flood prevention experts to hear suggestions.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

NORTH DAKOTA — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is gathering feedback as he continues to work on the new farm bill.

The senator met virtually with the Red River Retention Authority board of directors on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

During the meeting, Hoeven took suggestions on what improvements could be made to the farm bill when it comes to water retention and flood protection for farmers.

One suggestion he heard was changing how flood damage data collections are done, with one board member wanting reports to be done based on individual watershed's rather than the current system which only studies entire counties.

Hoeven said these issues affect Minnesotans and North Dakotans, meaning lawmakers from Minnesota can help with the suggested changes.


"We can co-sponsor those amendments on a bipartisan basis, which means we've got a shot to put that language in the farm bill. Cause you know when we're sitting down and writing that farm bill, stuff that's bipartisan gets that serious look," Hoeven said.

Hoeven also stated his desire to meet with the board again down the line when more progress has been made on the bill.

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