North Dakota senator goes home for tips on new farm aid plan

May 28, 2019 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Republican senator from North Dakota who heads the committee that funds farm programs is getting advice from his home state on the administration’s $16 billion aid package for producers hurt by trade policies.

Sen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, met Tuesday with state ag leaders to get their ideas on the new assistance plan. It’s the second time that President Donald Trump has provided money for farmers.

Hoeven says the package currently in the works should include coverage for more crops and should not cut back on payment limits. The senator says the key is improving upon the first assistance program.


Some attendees at Tuesday’s discussion said they appreciate the help but would rather be talking about new markets than new bailouts.