St. Paul, Minn. – Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) this month traveled to Washington, D.C. to discuss the Farm Bill and its effects on the Mississippi River region with 23 mayors and state legislators from nine states. The event, which took place March 7 and 8, was organized by the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and the Mississippi River Legislative Caucus (MRLC).
“I found the meetings to be very productive and important for local elected officials to leverage their partnerships with state and national leaders and I look forward to the continued partnership with our mayors,” said Sen. Hoffman.
On March 7, Sen. Hoffman participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme about preparing cities for extreme weather, as well as a dinner alongside members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to highlight important federal programs.
On March 8, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition provided an overview of the forthcoming Farm Bill and how proposed changes could impact cities and states. Legislators and mayors then participated in a dialogue about how to support their local agricultural communities and encourage sustainable practices. A representative from the Department of Transportation also provided an update on a new federal infrastructure proposal and the role of states and localities in securing funding and determining priority projects.
The gathering’s Minnesota delegation included Sen. Hoffman, State Rep. Paul Anderson, Dayton Mayor Tim McNeil, and Ramsey Mayor Sarah Strommen.