Hagedorn Discusses Ag Worker Safety on House Floor

September 24, 2020
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of his bipartisan legislation, the Farm and Agricultural Worker Safety Education Act (FAWSEA), which allows Land Grant Universities, HBCUs and Tribal Colleges to apply for grants to distribute best practices, relevant health and safety guidance, and information to help farmers and agricultural workers respond to and safely conduct business amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to ensure we have a safe and reliable workforce to maintain our food supply. In order to win the battle with COVID-19, we must guarantee that the most up to date and science-based information is readily accessible for community leaders, educators and rural businesses.

"My legislation will help guarantee that timely, relevant health and safety guidelines are reaching our rural workforce and communities by allowing higher learning institutions to apply for grants to distribute best practices and safety guidance to help farms, Ag workers and others conduct business during the pandemic,” said Hagedorn.

The full speech can be viewed here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.