Armstrong Names Agriculture Advisory Committee
DICKINSON, N.D. – Kelly Armstrong today announced that he has formed a 13-member Agriculture Advisory Committee. Members of the committee are respected leaders in the agriculture industry from across North Dakota.
“To have the support from so many accomplished and respected agriculture leaders is very humbling. Having their input and their expertise will be crucial as the current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September.”
The committee will advise Armstrong on local and national agriculture policy, as well as forming relationships with many different leaders from the various commodity organizations.
Committee member and North Dakota Barley Council board member Greg Kessel of Belfield said Armstrong’s ability to grasp the issues and fight for North Dakota farmers will be an asset for rural America at Capitol Hill.
“Kelly has impressed me with his quick understanding of the finer details of agriculture policy. Knowing how important both energy and agriculture are for not only our economy, but our national security, he will be a huge asset in Washington DC. He will be the only person in the US House of Representatives with North Dakota’s best interests in mind, and I can confidently say he will fight every day for agriculture.”
“Our farmers and ranchers feed America and the world. Agriculture is the backbone of the North Dakota economy. Our family farms are essential to our way of life,” Armstrong said. “I will fight every day to make sure that our farmers and ranchers are being heard in Washington. I will work for fair trade and pro agriculture policies that will enable the family farm to be passed on from generation to generation.”
The 13 members of the Agriculture Advisory Committee are:
Bart Schott. Kulm, ND (Former National Corn Grower President)
Greg Kessel. Belfield, ND (North Dakota Barley Council Board of Directors)
Mark Weber. Casselton, ND (Former executive director of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association. Former Northern Crops Institute executive director)
Keith Peltier. West Fargo, ND (President of Proseed. Chairman of North Dakota State’s Board of Agriculture Research and Education)
Jay Elkin. Dickinson, ND (Stark County Commissioner, North Dakota Grain Growers)
Erika Kenner. Leeds, ND (North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Board of Directors)
John Weinand. Hazen, ND (Former President of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association)
Jay Nicholas. Cando, ND (Towner County farmer)
Daryl Lies. Douglas, ND (President of the North Dakota Farm Bureau)
Sen. Terry Wanzek. Jamestown, ND (State Senator from District 29. Farmer)
Rep. Dennis Johnson. Devils Lake, ND (State Representative from District 15. Farmer)
Jay Fisher. Minot, ND (former Director of NDSU North Central Research Extension Center)
Matt Leavitt. Berthold, ND (Ward County farmer)
The organizations above are listed for biographical purposes. This does not imply an endorsement.
Armstrong, a state Senator from Dickinson, won the North Dakota Republican Party’s endorsement at their State Convention on April 7 in Grand Forks. The Republican Primary is Tuesday June 12, 2018.