Senate Ag Appropriations Chair John Hoeven of North Dakota and House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson of Minnesota asked the USDA to assist to sugar growers in the Red River Valley. 

Producers in both states were unable to harvest their crops because of severe weather. 

The Hagstrom Report says USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey recently made a trip to those areas to see how producers were hit by a wet fall and early snowstorm. 

Hoeven says, “This has been an unprecedented year of challenges in farm country and we’re working to do all we can to support our producers.” 

He says sugar growers in the Red River Valley left 118,000 acres of sugar beets unharvested, which is one-third of their entire planted crop. 

Peterson says, “A tough harvest season has challenged sugar beet growers more than anyone would have anticipated. We’re committed to working with USDA to see if they have a way to access help.” 

USDA recently announced that the domestic sugar crop was smaller than anticipated due to weather problems. 

That means the agency expects it will allow an increase in imports.