U.S. Ag Secretary Perdue, Hagedorn Listen to Ag Leaders in Mankato

August 7, 2019
Press Release

MANKATO, Minn. – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for an agriculture roundtable in Mankato with southern Minnesota agriculture industry leaders. The roundtable discussion focused on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance during times of uncertainty and market access opportunities.

“We were pleased to have Secretary Perdue in Minnesota today to hear directly from agriculture leaders,” said Hagedorn. “We started the day at Farmfest where we heard ideas and concerns from attendees, then our Ag Roundtable in Mankato offered Secretary Perdue an opportunity to gain the views of other agriculture industry leaders.

“Our southern Minnesota agriculture leaders want Secretary Perdue to know how much they value good government policies in the areas of trade, regulations, health care, taxes and energy. Our farmers also appreciate a strong Farm Bill and policies to sustain generational farmers when times are tough.

“Understanding what assistance is available, like through the Market Facilitation Program, helps farmers plan and manage operations. The more farmers can count on open markets and trade opportunities, the better. Secretary Perdue assured us the administration is fighting tirelessly for trade deals, like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), that will benefit America’s farmers.

“The USMCA will expand markets and help us build momentum for other deals with Japan, Vietnam, Great Britain, China and other nations. Along with virtually all agriculture advocates, I urge Speaker Pelosi to give us an up-or-down vote on this free trade deal. We want what is best for our farmers and every American who depends on the vibrancy of the agriculture industry.”

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.