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Release No. 0301.05 Contact: USDA Press Office (202) 720-4623 - page 49 / 53





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program. Thank you. MODERATOR:  Thank you very much.  We have time for a few more questions.  Go ahead, please. MR. PAUL GIFFORD:  Okay.  Thank you again for being here.  You've heard that many times, but we do appreciate you being here.  My name is Paul Gifford.  I'm the director of the nonprofit organization known as Hunger Solutions Minnesota.  We work on behalf of the food banks, over 300 food shelves and over 75 on sites or soup kitchens across the state of Minnesota. One of the, part of the Farm Bill is of course Food Stamps, and I think it's real important that we talk about that.  Hunger in the state of Minnesota, yes it affects the farm families that we have here. It also affects people in the cities and the small towns we have around the state of Minnesota.  How does it affect us?  It affects our children.  They don't learn because they are not being fed well enough.  Productivity in the workplace decreases because people are not eating enough food.  Food Stamps are extremely important to people. Hunger in Minnesota is real, it's all around us, it's not going away, it's not inevitable, and it's not acceptable.  In Minnesota there are over 240,000 families that receive Food Stamps during the month, that this is the way they can put food on their table, nutritious food on their table. So Food Stamps do benefit farmers, the food industry and the economy.  USDA's Economic Research Service, the ERS, estimates that each $1 billion in retail demand by Food Stamps generates $340 million in farm production, $110 million in value added farms, and over 3,300 jobs on the farm.  And each $5 in Food Stamps generates $10 in total economy here in the state of Minnesota. So I would ask if you would please support the Food Stamp program and the millions of low-income families, elderly senior citizens, children that are otherwise vulnerable citizens here in the state of Minnesota that do receive Food Stamps. MODERATOR:  Thank you.  We have time for two more questions before some final comments up here.  Let's go here.  Thank you. MR. RYAN HEINEGER:  Thank you for taking the time to listen.  My name is Ryan Heineger.  I'm the director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited based out of Prior Lake, Minnesota.  And I just also by way of background want to explain that I came from a family farm in southeast Iowa just opposite from where you're from, and spent the early part of my career in Nebraska as well.  So we share a common background.  Shortly after you migrated to Washington I migrated to Minnesota. My comments today, I'll be brief, and they're directly related to the conservation provision of the Farm Bill.  I understand last week at the Farm Bill Forum in Minot, North Dakota, at the North Dakota State Fair only one part of the story was told regarding the Conservation Reserve Program, and I just want to briefly talk about that.

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