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Senator Hoeven hosts roundtable discussing relief for North Dakota farmers

He went over details at a meeting about the first phase of assistance coming from the Emergency Relief Program.

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Senator Hoeven discusses aid from the Emergency Relief Program with a room full of agriculture producers and commodity groups.
Mike McGurran
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FARGO — U.S. Senator John Hoeven held a roundtable discussion with local agriculture groups to discuss phase one of the Emergency Relief Program Friday, May 20.

Last September, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriates Committee voted to provide $10 billion in agriculture disaster assistance. It includes $750 million for livestock producers, and over $9 billion dollars to aid row crop producers who suffered losses due to droughts, wildfires, floods, or other qualifying disasters in 2020 and 2021.

Senator Hoeven, North Dakota Agriculture Comissioner Doug Goehring, and Farm Service Agency State Director Marcy Svenningsen discussed some of the issues North Dakota farmers and ranchers have been dealing with in recent years.

Weather has been particularly challenging this year, and the late moisture is causing delays with farmers getting their crops in.

Senator Hoeven emphasized the importance of getting the emergency relief funds to farmers as soon as possible, especially as inflation causes prices to rise.

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"This Emergency Relief Program is about helping them get out there and continue to farm when they see skyrocketing fuel prices and fertilizer prices and everything else," Hoeven said.

North Dakota Agriculture producers will receive around $915 million for the first phase of the Emergency Relief Program. The phase one assistance will be going out in June.

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