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Minnesota farmers have always fed the world. Now Al is committed to helping them power our nation’s future—and unlocking a new wave of prosperity for rural Minnesota.

Al is excited about the opportunities for Minnesota farmers in a future powered by home-grown clean energy. He also knows that rural communities can win with wind when farmers and land owners own a stake in clean energy production—and he is working to help more rural Minnesotans get involved in community-owned wind projects. And he’s fighting to support the work of Minnesota researchers currently working on new processes for producing energy from our state’s natural resources and agricultural byproducts. Al was proud to author the energy section of the Senate’s most recent Farm Bill, which will help create jobs by investing in Minnesota’s massive potential when it comes to renewable energy and biofuels.

But even as clean energy promises to be a game-changer for rural Minnesota, Al is committed to helping producers address more traditional challenges—working to open up new markets for Minnesota poultry and pork, enforcing strict country-of-origin labeling programs, and fighting back against price gouging by railroads so that farmers can get their products to market for a fair price. He is also a strong supporter of Minnesota’s sugar industry, which supports thousands of jobs, and has fought successfully to protect Minnesota sugar growers from attempts to gut critical support in the Farm Bill.

Propane shortages also hit farmers and rural Minnesotans hard this past winter. That’s why Sen. Franken also just introduced a bipartisan bill — the Propane Supply and Security Act — that will help prevent future propane shortages by helping farmers purchase propane storage tanks, coordinating responses, studying the need for reserves and improving supply and price information.

Al is committed to keeping rural Minnesota’s economy strong—and that means keeping it connected to the world. That’s why he’s fighting for investments in rural broadband and transportation, as well as funding for rural schools and health services that keep these communities going.

And with Minnesota especially vulnerable to flooding, Al will continue to fight for the federal funding necessary to help communities establish flood control plans and respond to disasters.