Our economy is at a historic high, but far too many of our farmers still face significant economic headwinds. They face low commodity prices, high input costs, excessive regulations and too many barriers to free trade.
Shortly before I arrived in Congress, a new five-year Farm Bill was enacted into law. The bill’s provisions help farmers maintain operations when times are tough. I support the Farm Bill and as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture I’ll keep working closely with my colleagues to make sure it is properly implemented.
To be successful, farmers need fewer trade barriers and new global markets. I’ve petitioned U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and President Trump himself to break down trade barriers. Based upon my conversation with President Trump, I can assure you he understands the critical importance of expanding trade opportunities making a great deal with China, Japan and other nations.
I also strongly support the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiated by the administration. The deal will boost opportunities for Minnesota’s exporters, especially agri-businesses. Trade solutions, with Mexico, Canada, Japan, China and others, will give southern Minnesota great economic stability for the future.
I support the REINS Act, which would require congressional approval for major rules written by the executive branch. Our farmers shouldn’t be saddled with burdensome regulations written by some bureaucrat in Washington who has never set foot on a farm.
Finally, health care premiums are crippling farmers. I’ve talked to families paying more than $15,000 a year in premiums, with deductibles so outrageous the underlying insurance is virtually worthless. That is simply unacceptable. I support patient-centered care that prioritizes the relationship between doctor and patient.
I will always work hard and champion solutions to sustain agriculture and our southern Minnesota way of life.