BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the federal Department of Agriculture is buying up to $14.5 million worth of dry beans to help farmers in the two states.
The senators say producers need the support because they’ve been facing increased international competition, larger harvests and falling crop prices.READ MORE: Girl In Very Critical Condition After Being Shot In Head In North Minneapolis
North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven and Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken say USDA has approved surplus purchases of great northern beans and pinto beans.READ MORE: Brooklyn Center Passes Sweeping Public Safety Resolution To Reform Policing
North Dakota leads the nation in dry bean production, accounting for nearly a third of the country’s total crop and more than half of the pinto beans. Minnesota ranks fourth in total dry bean production.MORE NEWS: Starting Tuesday, Allina Clinics In Minnesota Will Start Vaccinating 12- To 15-Year-Olds
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