To talk about a variety of issues important to North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple met in D.C. with USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse. They also spoke about the pathway for a new Farm Bill.
During the meeting late Thursday, Dalrymple emphasized one major point with Under Secretary Scuse: the importance of preserving a strong crop insurance program.
“I made it clear that crop revenue coverage has become an essential tool for North Dakota farmers as they seek to control risks in their operations,” Dalrymple said. “The insurance program has worked well and the delivery of it should remain with local agents. The delivery should not be transferred to the Farm Service Agency.”
The Under Secretary assured Dalrymple that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will work to keep crop insurance in place.
Dalrymple and Scuse also discussed the value of the farm safety net provided through counter-cyclical payments, as well as the future of the Conservation Reserve Program.
Source: Office of Gov. Dalrymple