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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After a bipartisan push on House leadership, U.S. Rep Angie Craig helped to secure Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funding and an extension of Pandemic EBT in the Continuing Resolution. The House passed the resolution this evening.
Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig led her colleagues from the Minnesota Delegation in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pushing for turkey growers to have access to any COVID-19 relief resources available to agriculture producers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $14 billion in direct payments to farmers, including turkey growers, who had been excluded in previous relief.
This week, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig was presented with Growth Energy’s 2020 “Fueling Growth Award” for the second year in a row for her unwavering commitment and work on behalf of Minnesota’s biofuels sector and family farmers.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that farmers in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District have received $103,171 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Rep. Craig has consistently advocated for investments in rural energy and recently secured a $20 million increase for REAP in H.R. 7617, which passed the House in July 2020.
U.S. Rep. Craig had two critical amendments included in today’s bipartisan passage of the National Defense Administration Act (NDAA). The first is a $30 million increase in support services for active duty Army families. The bill also includes Craig’s bipartisan Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which would increase rural mental health services.
This week, Congresswoman Angie Craig joined her colleagues on the House Rural Broadband Task Force to introduce H.R. 7302, the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act. This legislation makes a bold investment of $100 billion to build high-speed broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities and ensures that the resulting internet service is affordable.
Today, U.S. Rep Angie Craig, a co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional Supply Chain Caucus, convened family farmers, medical manufacturers and a supply chain expert from the University of Minnesota for a discussion about the issues supply chains are currently facing due to COVID-19 impacts.
Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced the Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief COVID-19 Act to support small meatpacking plants working overtime during COVID-19. Amid large plant closures, small packing plants have extended hours to ensure our supply chain keeps moving – this comes with added costs.
U.S. Reps. and colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee, Angie Craig (D-MN), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address the urgent issues facing America’s agriculture economy and food supply chain caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Specifically, the Farming Support to States Act would provide states access to immediate, flexible funding to ensure farmers and rural businesses have the tools needed to respond and rebuild. U.S.
After leading a call for biofuel support to be included in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package, U.S. House Representatives Angie Craig (MN-02), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Cindy Axne (IA-03) successfully secured support for the industry as part of the Heroes Act.