During the townhall meeting with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring expressed concerns with the Market Facilitation Program portion of USDA’s Farmer Aid Package. Due to location, Goehring feels North Dakota farmers may continue to be impacted by high basis levels. “If we have more problems with Asian countries, we have less utilization for the Pacific Northwest. That means it will dramatically effect our grain shipments, and the basis will be greatly impacted. That could mean farmers in North Dakota and the Upper Midwest will feel it more than other parts of the country.” Goehring asked Secretary Censky if there will be time to address the basis issue before implementation of the aid package. Censky’s reply was it is “hard to adjust to that in a national rule.”
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