Every year, millions of Americans participate in hunting and fishing activities across the U.S. In Minnesota alone, we have more than $1.6 million hunters and anglers who spend more than $3 billion and support nearly 50,000 jobs every year. It’s clear that the economic and social impact of hunting and fishing throughout Minnesota remains strong.
I am an avid hunter and have worked hard to make sure the 2014 Farm bill worked for both agriculture producers and conservationists. I was pleased with the recent announcement of the USDA NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program that will encourage farmers and landowners in the Red River Valley to enter into agreements with local watershed districts to increase water storage and soil conservation. This is an issue I've been working on for years, and I am hopeful that these completed projects will help reduce the potential impacts of future flood events.