WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn led a farmers telephone town hall on Wednesday to discuss agriculture and farm policy as well as the current state of the industry with constituents.
The event featured special guest Tim Waibel, President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
“This farmers telephone town hall was a great way to connect with constituents and address their concerns about agriculture in southern Minnesota,” Hagedorn said. “Farmers, ranchers and producers serve in many ways as the backbone of our economy, and they provide an abundant supply of affordable food products for American citizens and many around the globe. I have and always will use my committee positions to be an ally of Southern Minnesota’s agriculture industry.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to discuss important agriculture policy issues with Congressman Hagedorn during the recent telephone town hall,” Waibel said. “I enjoyed participating and hearing the congressman’s views on taxes, ethanol and trade, among many other important agricultural issues to the First Congressional District.”
Hagedorn addressed several issues during the town hall, starting with the recent notification from USDA that pork processing plants must revert to slower line speeds by June 30. The congressman announced that he will be leading his House colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging that he request a stay and appeal a recent lower court ruling that will slow swine inspection (and processing) line speeds.
Hagedorn and Waibel continued the conversation by discussing a variety of topics, including: President Biden’s plan to increase taxes and implement Green New Deal policies; the importance and benefit of the biofuels industry; Hagedorn’s support for expanding exports through trade deals like USMCA; quashing federal regulations such as the EPA’s Waters of the United States; ensuring broadband access for southern Minnesota; and the Pandemic Assistance to Producers program.