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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Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig commended the Chinese government’s decision to lift its ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products and reopen export markets for Minnesota farmers. The ban has been in place since 2015 in response to an avian influenza outbreak. Now, a market that generated approximately $15 million a year in sales for Minnesota will reopen.
This week, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig helped pass the bipartisan reauthorization of the Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) out of the House Agriculture Committee. The CFTC is an independent agency that regulates U.S. derivatives markets, including those that trade in agricultural commodities.
Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-2) and Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) introduced the Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act to give farmers and ranchers more flexibility when transporting live animals and perishable goods.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig continued her fight to address the insufficient mental health resources in our rural communities by cosponsoring the bipartisan Seeding Rural Resilience Act.
Rep. Craig grew up watching her grandfather endure the stress of losing his job on the farm in the 1980’s farm crisis and fought to be on the Agriculture Committee so that she could stand up for family farmers.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that Main Street Project, a Northfield poultry farm focused on sustainable farming and community engagement, has been awarded a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
However, due to the relocation of NIFA offices and dramatic cuts to staffing, the dispersion of such grants has been significantly delayed in getting to communities like Northfield.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to account for losses in biofuel demand caused by the EPA’s issuance of waivers for oil companies.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced the opening of applications for the 2020 Farm to School Grant Program available for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig issued the following statement in response to the newly announced trade agreement between the United States and Japan.
“Our farmers rely on strong trade partnerships with our allies to build reliable export markets and strengthen their businesses,” said Rep. Craig. “I am glad to see the Administration move forward with these tariff reductions, and I stand ready to work with them to expand global markets in the wake of the current trade war.”
Congresswoman Craig’s Push to Include Funding for Minnesota Farmers Successful
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that after challenging Democratic leadership, today’s spending bill will include authority for the Commodity Credit Corporation to make sure payments to Minnesota farmers will be made on time.
Today, Rep. Craig signed onto a letter reiterating her commitment to making sure Minnesota farmers are included in the upcoming spending bill.
Congresswoman Angie Craig Calls For Funding for Minnesota Farmers