Angie Craig

DFL candidate Angie Craig speaks with Shepherd’s Way Farms owners Steven Read and Jodi Ohlsen Read Monday at their farm. Craig, who is running for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, made two stops in Northfield, including a stop at the Peterson family’s Far-Gaze Farm as part of her Supporting Family Farms tour. (Nick Gerhardt/Northfield News)

Minnesota Second District DFL candidate Angie Craig spent much of Monday touring two farms in the Northfield area, visiting with local farmers to gain a better grasp of the issues they face.

Craig’s three-farm tour started in Hastings and made stops at Shepherd’s Way Farms in Nerstrand before wrapping the day up at Far-Gaze Farm in Northfield as part of her Supporting Family Farms Tour.

Craig listened as Shepherd’s Way Farms owners Steven Read and Jodi Ohlsen Read explained some of the challenges they face as small operators who produce artisan sheep milk cheese. Some of those challenges include not having access to programs that larger farms do and having to make time for inspections.

Craig came to the Northfield by way of the Rice County Farmers Union, where Steven Read serves as president. Craig has been endorsed by the National Farmers Union PAC and she has stumped for strong safety nets for farmers, along with expanding rural broadband to greater Minnesota.

Read and Ohlsen Read welcomed the opportunity to show Craig around there farm.

“Particularly for farmers because of life choices, you are left without a voice,” Steven said.

Being able to have a candidate see their operation up close had a benefit as well, Ohlsen Read said.

“There’s nothing like having someone see it first hand,” Ohlsen Read said.

Craig began the day at a dairy farm before making her way to Shepherd’s Way Farms and concluded the day at a conventional farm.

“Minnesota’s Second District helps form the economic backbone of our great state and family farms represent a big reason why Minnesota is home to the fifth-largest agricultural economy in the country,” Craig said. “Minnesota’s delegation stands on a strong record of listening to and engaging farmers on a bipartisan basis to deliver results for the agricultural community.”

Nick Gerhardt is the Northfield News’ Associate Editor and Sports Editor. You can reach him at 645-1136. Follow him on Twitter @NorthfieldNick.

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