BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after U.S. Sen. John Hoeven announced that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit North Dakota next week.
“As governor I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with Secretary Perdue multiple times in Washington, D.C., and we’re thrilled to be able to give him a warm North Dakota welcome and showcase how our state’s producers are among the best in the world,” Burgum said. “Secretary Perdue and the USDA were incredibly responsive and swift to grant our requests for assistance during last year’s historic drought, and with drought conditions persisting into this spring and likely the summer, we may very well need his help again. We’re grateful he’s taking the time to hear from our farmers and ranchers about their concerns and priorities for the next farm bill during this prolonged period of depressed commodity prices and to see the important agricultural research happening in our state.”
Today’s U.S. Drought Monitor shows 60 percent of North Dakota in moderate drought, 4 percent in severe drought and 32 percent abnormally dry.