On Thursday, North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer met with USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Bill Northey. The two discussed challenges associated with the 2017 drought, as well as the potential re-occurrence of similar issues this year. “As a former Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Iowa, Under Secretary Northey understands our issues,” says Cramer. “Drought or not, with his supervision over Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency, there is no one besides Secretary Perdue who is more relevant at USDA.” The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor shows 14 percent of North Dakota in severe drought, doubling from last week’s seven percent. One year ago, there was no area of severe drought in the state.