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Agriculture

Agriculture is the cornerstone of this district’s economy. For too long now, it has been insufficiently supported and underserved by our current representative. Small- and medium sized farms dot our countrysides and are the culture and tradition of this district, unlike the Industrial farms characteristic of the Mid-Western United States. A lack of support for our farms has made other challenges that farmers face more difficult, such as increased state regulations and high taxes, the absence of broadband connectivity and corporate consolidation. Extreme weather events and the failure to engage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to mitigate those impacts have in many cases resulted in record numbers of farms foreclosures.

Our campaign supports the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a necessary but not yet sufficient promotion of agriculture on the international marketplace. We must expand unfettered global trade for our farmers. On the domestic front, I am greatly concerned by the lack of funding and support for the USDA, which provides our farmers with the latest research and agricultural strategies to survive and thrive in these turbulent times. We need to make it easier for young people and new farmers to get into farming and find mentors, to access affordable loans and get up to date research on climate change.

For all of these reasons I support:

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