Agriculture & Nutrition
Minnesota has a strong tradition of family farmers who help provide the nutritious foods that are fundamental to the success of healthy communities. In recent decades, we have also seen the development of urban agriculture in our Twin Cities.
As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I'm committed to ensuring agriculture programs are sufficiently funded. I strongly support nutrition assistance programs like the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and farmers’ markets programs that increase access to healthy and locally-grown foods. We must ensure that our family farmers have the resources they need and that all Minnesotans are able to provide nutritious foods for their families.
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Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement on the agreement that was reached on a five-year farm bill:
“The agricultural economy is critical to Minnesota’s economy, so this bipartisan farm bill agreement will have my vote when it reaches the House floor. This agreement brings much needed stability to farmers, agribusiness, and consumers which is long overdue.
Mr. Speaker, I’m here today on behalf of our farmers in Minnesota and the Midwest.
My state is number one in sugar beet production. And that means that my state’s rural economy will take a direct hit because of this Republican resolution.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to submit two articles into the congressional record. The first is an op-ed that I wrote about the importance of federal nutrition assistance that was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The second is a powerful story published in the Star Tribune and written by Sue Bulger, a Minnesotan, whose family uses SNAP benefits.
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Mr. Speaker, in the world’s poorest countries, nearly one billion people struggle with hunger every day. Chronic food insecurity limits a child’s ability to grow and to learn.
Across Africa and Asia, hard-working farmers need help producing enough food to feed their families throughout the year. Many of these farmers are women. In fact, it is estimated that 80 percent of these agricultural workers are women.
McCollum Introduces Bipartisan Global Food Security Act to Fight Hunger, Enhance Agriculture
For Immediate Release: July 25, 2013
Contact: Maria Reppas (McCollum) (202) 225-6631
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to the many dedicated volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and visitors of the Ramsey County Fair on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this community festival. This annual fair attracts thousands of attendees through a wide variety of events and activities that entertain families today.
For Immediate Release: July 11, 2013
Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 email@example.com
Republican Lawmakers Trumpet Certainty for Agribusiness and Vote to Inflict Certain Hunger on Low-Income Americans
Mr. Speaker, on June 10, 2013, Congressman Ellison and I hosted a listening session at the Minnesota State Capitol. We heard from Minnesotans affected by the House Farm Bill’s proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Below is testimony delivered by Dale Simonson and Patricia Lull.
Testimony from Dale Simonson, Minnesota Department of Human Services