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 issued the following statement in response to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack’s decision to end the Farmers to Families Food Box program:
MANKATO, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of its new Pandemic Assistance for Producers program:
“After suspending CFAP for two months, it is long past time to reinstate and reopen this program that has helped the agricultural economy survive drops in demand associated with the pandemic and state mandated lockdowns.
By Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01)
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) has been selected to serve on the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittees on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, as well as Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, for the 117th Congress.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) introduced the bipartisan PPP Flexibility for Farmers and Ranchers Act, which would allow farmers and ranchers categorized as partnerships to utilize gross income when calculating maximum Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan amounts.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn offered an amendment during this evening’s House Small Business Committee markup that would enable farmers and ranchers to report either gross or net income for the purposes of calculating their maximum Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan amount.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today introduced an amendment with eight House Republicans on the Agriculture Committee to preserve taxpayer dollars and prevent any further funds from being allocated until 80 percent of the CARES Act and December omnibus bill dollars have bee
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office awarded grants of $12,500 and $24,500, respectively, to the cities of Mabel and Winnebago. Both grants will be used to purchase updated equipment for the cities’ emergency response departments.
BLUE EARTH, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today released the following statement in response to President Biden’s decision to suspend Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would lower greenhouse gas emissions and encourage low-carbon fuel production. The Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act would help biofuels plants cut through red tape in order to increase production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels.