Governor Doug Burgum sat down with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke separately today.
Burgum says his talk with the Ag Secretary was a chance to advocate for a presidential major disaster declaration for drought, which the Governor requested August 7th. FEMA is currently considering the request.
Burgum says he also thanked Purdue for recent actions taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help North Dakota farmers and ranchers hit hard by drought, including the release of Conservation Reserve Program acres for haying and grazing.
They also discussed the need for a strong crop insurance program in the next federal farm bill and the need for more accurate data when reporting crop conditions.
During his talk with Interior Secretary Zinke, Burgum discussed approval of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project intake permit from Garrison Diversion’s McClusky Canal.
They also discussed the department’s important land, water and minerals management role, especially as it pertains to collaboration on tribal lands.
Burgum said these visits were part of continuing to build on the collaborative relationships with Cabinet officials in the Trump administration.