Hagedorn Joins Farmers for Free Trade in New Ulm

April 25, 2019
Press Release

NEW ULM, Minn. – This morning, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) joined the Farmers for Free Trade Event at Hoffman Farm in New Ulm. The event highlighted how the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will benefit Minnesota agriculture. The event is part of an 11-state, 3,500-mile RV tour Farmers for Free Trade is undertaking to promote the USMCA.

Hagedorn was joined by Steve and Kerry Hoffman of Hoffman Farm, Tamara Nelsen of Minnesota AgriGrowth Council, Kevin Paap of Minnesota Farm Bureau, Steve Schlangen of National Milk Producers Federation and Associated Milk Producers, Sheryl Meshke of Associated Milk Producers and Angela Marshall Hofmann of Farmers for Free Trade.

Hagedorn highlighted his support of farmers and the USMCA, saying:

“Our farmers face too many regulations, high input costs, uncertainty and trade barriers. Since taking office in January, I have been a tireless champion for our agriculturally-dependent region. I’ve petitioned administration officials to fight for our farmers in trade deals, including conversations with Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and President Trump himself.

“When I spoke with President Trump during his recent visit to Minnesota, the President reassured me that he and his administration are doing all possible to eliminate trade barriers and expand export opportunities for America’s farmers and agriculture-businesses.

“The USMCA will help farmers, small businesses and more. After President Trump submits the agreement to Congress for consideration, it is imperative for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to schedule a vote. I encourage my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, to join me in supporting this commonsense and constructive deal. Trade solutions with Mexico, Canada, Japan, China and others, will give southern Minnesota great economic stability for the future.

“In my four months of Congress we’ve already met with dozens of farm advocacy groups, agribusinesses and farmers in southern Minnesota. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I’m constantly giving voice to their concerns and reflecting their views and values. From overseeing implementation of the Farm Bill, to promoting biodiesel tax credits, to urging year-round E15, I am standing up for farmers and our rural way of life. Having grown up on our family’s grain and livestock farm, I take farming personally.”

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.