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Cramer Attends House Ag Listening Session

Aug 3, 2017
Press Release
Emphasizes Need for Rural Coalition to Stick Together During Next Farm Bill




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MORGAN, MN – Congressman Kevin Cramer attended a Farm Bill Listening Session today organized by the House Agriculture Committee.

The field hearing entitled Farm Bill Listening Session: Conversations in the Field, was held at Minnesota’s Farmfest in Morgan, MN, a small town 12 miles southeast of Redwood Falls.

The listening session, one of five being held across the country this Summer, brought members of Congress together to hear from farmers and Ag experts alike – an opportunity that rarely occurs outside of Washington D.C.

“There’s no better way to learn about the successes and challenges of our farm program than going straight to the source,” said Cramer. “Having the opportunity to sit down with our Ag community helps guide us in the right direction as we weigh important policy decisions for the 2018 Farm Bill."

During the listening session, several farmers emphasized the importance of maintaining the crop insurance program, particularly during times of drought and low commodity prices. “The necessity to maintain robust risk management tools for farmers is not lost on me, said Cramer as he recalled the struggles with passing a farm bill during his first term in Congress. He went on to discuss the coalition of rural members in attendance, whom he referred to as some of his best friends. “These gentlemen and ladies sitting at this table are, first and foremost, advocates for eating and growing food, I cannot overstress the importance for us to stick together during the next farm bill.”

Other topics discussed include: the importance of food security, technical assistance for organic agriculture producers, reconnecting the consumers to the producers, increasing demand, strong and fair trade policy, transportation, conservation practices and programs, soil and water quality, assistance for beginning farmers and ranchers, continued support for agriculture research funding, strengthening dairy programs, tax policy, and federal nutrition programs

House members attending the listening session include: Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7), Rep. Tim Walz (MN-1), Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8), Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-6), Rep. Roger Marshall (KS-1), Rep. Steve King (IA-4), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-2), Rep. Kristi Noem (SD-AL), Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)