Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan has joined the board of directors for The Climate Corp.
The company, which was formerly known as WeatherBill, offers weather insurance to farmers as a complement to federal crop insurance.
In a Tuesday written statement, the North Dakota Democrat said he wanted to be involved in the company because he saw its ability to combine public data with “Silicon Valley innovation and technology” to help farmers mitigate the financial effects of weather damage.
“In recent years, family farmers have seen volatile commodity prices, rising input costs and increasingly unpredictable weather, accentuating the substantial risks they already face,” he wrote. “When I was first introduced to The Climate Corp., I realized they were destined to be successful in helping today’s farmers deal with increasingly volatile weather.”
Dorgan did not seek re-election last year to the Senate seat he held since 1992.
In addition to his new role at The Climate Corp., he serves as co-chair of Government Relations Practice for Washington, D.C., law firm Arent Fox and serves as a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on energy policy issues.