ISANTI COUNTY, MN -- Eighth District Congressman Pete Stauber took his reelection campaign to the southern reaches of the district Monday.
The Republican hosted the EPA administrator at a farm in Isanti County, about an hour north of the Twin Cities.
They heard from local farmers about issues impacting the agriculture community.
They also announced a more than $600,000 grant to continue that state's pesticide regulatory enforcement program.
Stauber said it's all in an effort to continue being good stewards of the land.
He says it's important to see the vital role local farmers play in the economy.
"Currently our nation is facing an unprecedented challenge with the coronavirus pandemic. And Minnesota's farmers are some of the essential workers that are going to get our nation through this crisis without question. It's challenges like this one that reminds us of the importance of securing our nation's agriculture supply chains," said Stauber.
The pesticide program is used to create bee protection programs, do surface and groundwater monitoring for pesticides, and analyze pesticide residues.