U.S. Reps. Roger Marshall and Angie Craig have introduced the Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Reserve Easements (PASTURE) Act, which would expand USDA's authority under the Conservation Reserve Program. This legislation would authorize USDA to open CRP acreage for emergency haying and grazing beyond weather-related need to include during pandemics. A companion bill was put forth in the Senate by Sens. John Thune and Tina Smith.
Minnesota Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, hailed the ruling as historic. “This decision is a major victory in our fight for equality,” said Craig, the first LGBT person elected to Congress from Minnesota.
“Our farmers have been hit particularly hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Craig. “I’m proud to partner with Rep. Marshall and Sens. Smith and Thune on a bipartisan solution to the affordable forage shortage Minnesota farmers may be facing this year. By adding pandemics to CRP emergency flexibility, we are modernizing conservation policy to address the complex emergencies facing our farmers and ranchers. I will always support bipartisan, common-sense solutions to help our family farmers and livestock producers in their times of need.”
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.
Marshall said the bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig, should be able to move quickly through the House. ... “By adding pandemics to CRP emergency flexibility, we are modernizing conservation policy to address the complex emergencies facing our farmers and ranchers,” Craig said.
A member of the House Agriculture Committee says the coronavirus pandemic has made clear the U.S. needs a reliable, high quality, responsive, and resilient food supply chain. Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig hosted a virtual discussion with farmers, processors, and manufacturers Wednesday, and pledged to share their feedback with Congress.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the USDA to address some implementation issues in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
The Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, raised yet another problem endemic to many subsidy programs: The biggest farms receive most of the money. ... Representative Angie Craig, a Minnesota Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, said such examples boded ill for the coronavirus relief program. “Wealthy farmers and those who aren’t really engaged in farming get a big check,” she said, “while my farmers, who have dirt under their fingernails, get small checks or nothing.”
Reps. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., introduced H.R. 7108, the Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Reserve Easements (PASTURE) Act, bipartisan legislation amending the Food Security Act of 1985 to allow for grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land during the coronavirus pandemic.
The committee has over 30 members, including most of Congress’ LGBTQ delegation: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Angie Craig, D-Minn., Sharice Davids, D-Kan., Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Mark Takano, D-Calif., are all members.