FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 23rd, 2019

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#ThrowbackThursday: Remember when Kevin Cramer Called Concerned Farmers Hysterical?

(BISMARCK, ND) – Kevin Cramer, then-Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said he felt the alleged “hysteria” from dropping commodity prices and lost markets needed to be scaled back. “There are people, particularly Democrats, who want to pour fuel on the fire of hysteria,” Cramer said. “That’s neither helpful to the markets or helpful to the farmers. And it’s certainly not helpful to the country.” At the time, he also claimed that the Administration assured him that they would do what they can to minimize any harm to the agriculture community.

Fast forward to the present day – the trade war lingers on, and irreparable harm has been done to North Dakota’s agricultural community. Senator Cramer has kept steadfast with the Administration, backing them every step of the way, no matter what the cost. China, the world’s largest soybean consumer, remains heavily reliant on imports to satisfy demand, but they can supplement that demand by using canola oil, and imports from South American farmers. Around the country, especially here in North Dakota, farmers have been forced to feel the repercussions of the Administration’s actions.

“The price of soybeans currently sits at a 10-year low. Hopefully, Senator Cramer is no longer dismissing these harsh realities as ‘hysteria’, and understands that farmers already face many challenges beyond their control,” said Alison Jones, Communication Director for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. “Cramer is finally starting to worry about the possibility of China finding a commodity source other than America. If only he considered this a year ago and stood up to the Administration, we may not be in the situation we are today. Sadly, this won’t be the last time he lets down his constituents.”

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