June 22, 2018 | Press Release
HAGEDORN APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF FARM BILL
Legislation Will Help Sustain Agriculture and Our Rural Way of Life
Blue Earth, Minnesota – Jim Hagedorn, Republican-endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District, today applauded passage of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, for sustaining agriculture and our rural way of life, promoting work for welfare, enacting regulatory reform and protecting American farmers from unfair foreign trading practices.
“This bill contains numerous sections important to First District farmers that improve agricultural insurance options, require work-capable adults to work seek work or be in a training program to receive SNAP (food stamps), fund trade promotion and market development tools, enhance funding for rural broadband and streamline and reduce regulatory burdens,” said Hagedorn.
Hagedorn, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers, possesses deep agricultural roots and understands the correlation between successful family farming and vibrant small businesses, schools and rural communities. If elected, he will seek a seat on the House Agriculture Committee to provide Minnesota with a key seat at the table when agriculture policy is debated.
One aspect of the bill expected to generate robust debate is the section requiring work for work-capable adults to access SNAP (food stamp) benefits. “The work requirement, with exceptions for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, caregivers of children under the age of six, and pregnant moms is a reasonable expectation and long overdue reform especially given our low unemployment rate, number of available jobs and need to attack fraud and abuse in the program,” commented Hagedorn.
“Additionally, I strongly support the “STRESS Act provision contained in H.R. 2, authored by Congressman Emmer, to make mental health services more readily available for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers who, because of a shortage of treatment options, suffer higher rates of depression and suicide,” Hagedorn said.
The bill will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.
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