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.
More on Agriculture
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today introduced H.R. 8327 – the bipartisan Farm and Agricultural Worker Safety Education Act (FAWSEA), alongside Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
BLUE EARTH, Minn. – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) issued the following statement in support of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement that the department will extend nutrition flexibilities that allow for meal program operators to continue serving free meals to students through the end of the year:
BLUE EARTH, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today issued the following statement in support of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) receiving an award of more than $235,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) to assist in MDA’s new joint project to explore new market opportunities for American food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today joined 24 fellow House Republicans in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that schools be allowed flexibility in the implementation of the child nutrition program, in order to help ensure that the schools are able to effectively feed all of their students under these trying times and circumstances.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today delivered a speech on the Floor of the House of Representatives to urge support for his recently introduced legislation, the “Livestock Producer Assistance for COVID-19 Damages Act.” The bill was developed in consultation with southern Minnesota family farmers and industry leaders to help mitigate the losses associated with forced livestock destruction due to packing plant closures.
MANKATO, Minn. – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for an agriculture roundtable in Mankato with southern Minnesota agriculture industry leaders. The roundtable discussion focused on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance during times of uncertainty and market access opportunities.