Agriculture is vital to the economy in our district. It provides the foundation upon which many other industries are built. Still, government is doing little but getting in the way of our farmers. Through my experience farming and talking with farmers, I know the challenges they face. I appreciate their high costs and low profit margins. Between the overreaching regulations, insurance costs, high property taxes, consequences of high death taxes on family farms, legal barriers and the unequal playing field MN has created compared to other states, we can and need to do better to help our farmers and Ag-related small businesses.