Hagedorn Touts Livestock Legislation in House Floor Speech

May 28, 2020
Press Release

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.

"Our livestock farmers, particularly hog farmers, in southern Minnesota and throughout the nation are suffering huge financial losses, through no fault of their own, and are on the brink of insolvency. These conditions represent a direct threat to our country’s food supply, the vibrancy of the economy and our rural way of life. It is imperative for Congress to step up and sustain our farmers during these incredibly difficult times,” said Hagedorn.

Read Congressman Hagedorn’s extended Statement for the Record.

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.