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Craig Receives Growth Energy's 'Fueling Growth' Award
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/12/2019

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig was presented with Growth Energy's 2019 "Fueling Growth Award" for her unwavering commitment and work on behalf of Minnesota's biofuels industry and family farmers.

"Farmers in Minnesota's second congressional district have fueled our communities for generations, and they are powering our future," said Craig. "I'm honored to receive this recognition from Growth Energy. I'll continue to fight to end the Administration's practice of handing out secret so-called small refinery waivers and advance the future of biofuel innovation. Biofuels not only provide a stable market for our farmers, but they also help us drive down harmful carbon emissions to fight climate change and the extreme weather that results."

"Rep. Angie Craig has been a champion for the biofuels industry in Washington since her first day in Congress," said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. "We are delighted to present her with the Fueling Growth Award to recognize her hard work to protect and expand biofuels production on behalf of Minnesota farmers and our agriculture economy."

Craig is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Congressional Biofuels Caucus. In her first eight months in Congress, she has made it a priority to push for policies that support the ag economy and bring more rural voices to the table. She has:

- Advocated for expanded markets for biofuels as a cosponsor of the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 and by presenting testimony to House Ways and Means.

- Hosted a listening session in White Rock on the state of the farm economy, hosted Minnesota farmers and ranchers at the State of the Union and at a Congressional hearing, and visited farms throughout the district.

- Established a Farmer Advisory Council comprised of Minnesota farmers, producers and agriculture advocates to make sure the voices of Minnesota farmers are amplified in Washington.

- Introduced the bipartisan FEEDD Act, which would give farmers and ranchers additional emergency harvest flexibility on prevent plant ground and help alleviate feed concerns. As a result of this bill, the Administration took steps to move the Nov. 1st harvest date for cover crops on prevent plant ground -- giving farmers and ranchers much-needed flexibility during this wet planting season.

- Secured additional funding for rural broadband and the Rural Energy For America Program to improve the quality of life in Greater Minnesota.

- Pushed the Administration to implement smart, deliberate trade policies that open up markets that farmers have worked decades to build and provide sustainable, long term economic growth.

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