11/16/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/16/2019 16:21
BISMARCK, N.D. - At the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota (I-BAND) annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to help ranchers weather the challenges of an early blizzard and trade uncertainty. This includes advancing disaster assistance under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and securing access to markets by working to finalize and approve trade agreements as soon as possible, including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
'Farm country is in need of real relief right now,' Hoeven said. 'While we've made important progress by securing market access for U.S. beef in Japan, the EU and Taiwan, more needs to be done, especially considering the added challenges from this year's early blizzard. That's why we worked to ensure ELAP and LIP are funded, and we have been urging USDA, including Under Secretary Northey, to make this assistance available as soon as possible to help ranchers recover. At the same time, we need the administration to finalize the first phase of its agreement with China to secure additional agriculture purchases, and we're pressing the House to advance USMCA. We have the votes in the Senate, and putting this deal in place for our producers should be one of the House's top priorities.'
Assistance under ELAP and LIP
Access to Foreign Markets for Beef Producers