I believe the private sector is the best champion of our farmers. Farmers in North Dakota do not need Washington instructing them on how to farm and care for their land. Ensuring crop insurance remains decoupled from conservation programs is a top priority for our farmers and ranchers. This, along with other appropriate programs, will provide a safeguard for the future of farming across America.
The Farm Bill is currently being considered in Congress. Below is a comparison between the versions proposed by the House and Senate.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer officially called on the Canadian government to let the grain shipment performance mandates it is imposing on rail companies permanently expire. In a set of individual letters to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), Cramer outlined his growing concerns about the mandates and the recent fines levied by Canada against Canadian National Railway (CN).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the details of the two new programs created by the 2014 Farm Bill: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Congressman Kevin Cramer said agriculture producers now are able to gain a more complete picture of which program best suits their operation.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Cramer applauded the recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow farmers better access to spent grains from breweries and distilleries. In 2013, the FDA proposed a restrictive rule based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which would have applied burdensome regulations to the distribution of spent grains for use as animal food. After receiving comments from stakeholders, the FDA announced they are changing their proposals and seeking public comment for 75 days.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on its lack of transparency and inconsistent redactions of information requested by Congress. For more than a year, the FWS has delayed fulfilling requests for documents providing insight into its enforcement of wildlife laws.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with its “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which would drastically expand the agency’s authority over bodies of water including small ponds, creeks, ditches, and other occasionally wet areas, including those found on private property.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly status reports on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 936 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 8 days late as of September 5, compared to the report the previous week which indicated 1,016 past due cars were averaging 10 days late. The CP report shows a total of 5,866 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 12.54 weeks.
FARGO, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer addressed the Surface Transportation Board field hearing on delayed grain shipments. The public hearing was convened in Fargo to provide concerned citizens with an opportunity to report on service problems they are experiencing, and discuss options for improving service.
“We all realize the pressing nature of these serious rail delays. While progress is being made against the backlog, I remain concerned about the ability of the rail system to handle another large harvest which is in full swing,” said Cramer.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly status reports on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 1,016 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 10 days late as of August 28, compared to the report the previous week which indicated 1,336 past due cars were averaging 10.2 days late. The CP report shows a total of 7,535 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 13.14 weeks.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a proposed rule to allow the importation of beef from a region in northern Argentina, despite concerns over contamination due to foot-and-mouth disease. Congressman Kevin Cramer said he has concerns about the proposed rule and is encouraging North Dakota ranchers to submit public comment.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the National Corn Growers Association announced North Dakota State University as the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center: