Hagedorn Introduces Bill to Support Pork Producers

July 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today introduced the “Direct Pork Assistance Package Act” - legislation to provide an additional $5 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Secretary to mitigate losses incurred by livestock farmers due to the coronavirus. 

Hagedorn’s bill directs support payments to pork producers who have sold into an artificially depressed market and suffered losses due to restaurant closures, processing disruptions and other factors related to COVID-19. Earlier this month, Hagedorn introduced H.R. 7030 to mitigate losses associated with the forced-destruction of market-ready hogs.

"Our pork producers in southern Minnesota and across the nation have been devastated with reduced demand, depressed futures markets, and packing plant disruptions and closures. My priority is to support our family farmers, who are suffering financially and otherwise through no fault of their own. My legislation will stabilize much of the livestock industry, help independent pork producers maintain operations, support our rural southern Minnesota economy and ensure that our American food supply remains robust,” said Hagedorn. 

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.