Thirteen North Dakota agricultural organizations sent a letter to President Donald Trump and other state and national leaders, thanking them for their efforts to protect the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic and underscoring the importance of maintaining a steady supply of food, fiber, feed and fuel. In the letter, the groups urged decision-makers to be mindful of the unique challenges agriculture faces during this difficult time.
“Agriculture cannot function properly if the basic tools such as seed, fertilizer, crop protection products, feed, pharmaceuticals, equipment, and farm labor are not in place,” they wrote, explaining that neither the agricultural industry nor the nation can afford to allow COVID-19 to negatively impact food production.
The situation takes on increased significance as North Dakota agriculturists are in the midst of calving season and preparing for the upcoming 2020 planting season.
“We ask for your help to address the needs of agriculture, and we look forward to working with you and your administration on solutions,” they concluded.