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.
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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:
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement on reports surrounding the new Canadian Pacific Railway ordering system for grain cars:
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 1,262 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 19.6 days late as of August 15, compared to the report last week which indicated 1,656 past due cars were averaging 22.1 days late. The CP report shows a total of 21,518 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 12.7 weeks.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced official grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver have resumed after a tentative agreement was reached in a two-year labor dispute. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) had suspended inspections entirely on July 1 after months of grain delays.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer said the U.S. government may have no choice but to respond to a performance mandate Canada is imposing on rail companies for its domestic grain. In a letter to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, Cramer said Canada’s mandate requiring companies to move its own grain undermines cooperation between the two countries by fostering reduced service for U.S. grain customers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take action on delayed grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver in Washington state. Delays have persisted at the western port due to labor strikes, and recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegated certain critical responsibilities of the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer spoke with Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in North Dakota. During the meeting Cramer accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring additional permits for agriculture, mosquito, and other pesticide applications already regulated under separate law. The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act prohibits the EPA from imposing additional permitting requirements for pesticides it already regulates under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).