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.
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Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted John Zimmerman, a turkey farmer from Northfield, at a House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture subcommittee hearing titled Reviewing the State of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Economies. Zimmerman serves on the Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation and raises four million pounds of turkey every year, in addition to growing corn and soybeans.
Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite Neela Mollgaard at an Agriculture Subcommittee hearing titled Building Opportunity in Rural America through Affordable, Reliable and High-Speed Broadband. Red Wing Ignite is a non-profit that promotes economic development in Red Wing by bringing together and providing resources for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and students. Red Wing Ignite has more than 18 businesses and organizations in their co-working space, and they have recruited and supported nearly 40 startups in 2019 alone.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement to adjust the November 1st harvest date for cover crops planted on prevent plant acres to September 1st.
“I’m glad to see the Administration announce this critical decision that will give farmers and ranchers the flexibility they need during this wet planting season,” said Rep. Craig. “Minnesota farmers and ranchers deserve security in their feed supply, and I am grateful that the USDA has taken this step to ensure they have the relief they need.”
Following U.S. Rep Angie Craig’s introduction of the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act with U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, several Minnesota agriculture stakeholders expressed their support for the bipartisan bill that would give farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility and help alleviate feed concerns.
Today U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN-02) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (FEEDD Act). The FEEDD Act will provide farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility to help alleviate feed shortages during planting seasons with high levels of prevent plant due to extreme moisture or drought.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted Mike Peterson, a fourth-generation farmer from Northfield, MN at a hearing on the state of the farm economy for the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. In addition to farming nearly 800 acres of corn and soybeans, Mike and his family own a welding and fabrication business and a golf driving range on their farm, and they have been previously recognized as the Rice County Farm Family of the year.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig reiterated her commitment to Minnesota farmers and our biodiesel industry by calling on the Administration to end its unfair practice of granting small refinery waivers to big oil companies, which causes more market uncertainty for Minnesota farmers.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig reiterated her support for dairy farmers after hearing concerns from dairy farmers at a recent listening session in Goodhue County.
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Rep. Craig joined House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and more than 70 Democratic and Republican House colleagues in urging the Department of Agriculture to prioritize the implementation of dairy provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Burnsville, Minn - [1/17/19] Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that she will serve on the House Committees on Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure. Craig will use her role on these committees to focus on the priorities she has heard from her district, including building a robust agricultural economy and investing in transportation and infrastructure in Minnesota’s Second District.