Agriculture & Rural Development

Family farms are an essential part of the Second District’s vibrant economy and sustainable communities. Our farmers help us put food on the table, power our vehicles, and create economic growth. My family has strong roots in farming, and I know how important it is for those voices to be heard in Washington.

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I’m going to work tirelessly to ensure that farmers have access to reliable support from the federal government. One of my top priorities is to work with fellow Minnesota Representative and Committee Chairman Collin Peterson to make sure that all parts of the Farm Bill are implemented effectively--including a strong farm safety net and a fully funded Energy Title. As family farmers continue to be caught in the middle of trade disputes, I’ll remain dedicated to opening new markets for Minnesota farm products and providing immediate relief to farmers with help from the USDA. 


More on Agriculture & Rural Development

September 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig, Cindy Axne and Cheri Bustos led Representatives David Scott, Jim Costa, Abigail Spanberger and G. K. Butterfield in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing for $75 million in funding for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent and prepare for a possible African Swine Fever outbreak in the U.S. swine population.

September 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Angie Craig released the following statement applauding the exclusion of any stepped-up basis changes that would negatively impact family farmers from the House version of the Build Back Better Reconciliation bill:

August 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S Representative Angie Craig applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that it will devote $300 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support a One Health strategy to monitor emerging zoonotic diseases. Since the onset of COVID-19, Craig has urged Congress and the USDA to take a more active approach in disease research and prevention.

July 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) led 26 of their House colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to take additional steps to address the consolidation of the meat and poultry processing sector that has negatively impacted the ability for farmers and ranchers to get their product to market. 

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Craig (D-MN) helped pass annual funding legislation that includes several key priorities designed to support constituents in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. The package, which includes seven appropriations bills for federal agencies across government, will direct funds toward a number of Craig’s requested priorities for working Minnesotans, including infrastructure spending, mental health care programs and economic recovery efforts. 

July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of technical and financial assistance for Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by current drought conditions. Those impacted can work with their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages.

July 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN), Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) on a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to consider authorizing additional emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrolled lands in light of current drought conditions in Minnesota. 

July 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) led Co-Chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing the Year-Round Fuel Choice Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can grant waivers to allow E15 and higher blend fuels to be sold at retailers year-round.

July 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Randy Feenstra (R-IA-04) introduced the Small Refinery Exemption Clarification Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation would clarify that only oil refineries that have been continuously receiving small refinery exemptions (SREs) since 2011 would be eligible to petition for extensions of renewable fuel blending requirement exemptions.

June 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the co-chairs of the bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus—Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02), Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03)—released the following statement after the Supreme Court weakened the RFS at the expense of family farmers and biofuels producers in rural America in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association: