Dear Friend,

I want to give you another update on some of the latest news from the U.S. Capitol. As always, if there is ever anything I can do to help, please get in touch. My contact information is at the bottom of this message. Thank you for the honor of representing you! 






Michelle Fischbach
Member of Congress 

Ag Committee Update

I was glad to get the chance to speak with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee last week.


I asked Secretary Vilsack about President Biden’s potential proposal to eliminate stepped-up basis, which would amount to a massive tax hike on generational farmers and threaten the existence of many family farms. While the Secretary acknowledged that this provision of tax law is an “important aspect of the countryside,” he did not share additional information on where the Administration stands. I will continue to press the Administration and hold them accountable on this important issue for many of my constituents.



Click here to watch Rep. Fischbach question Secretary Vilsack

USDA Assistance Programs

At long last, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they will be resuming certain COVID-19 financial assistance programs for farmers and producers. These relief programs, which are the result of legislation passed last year, were suspended by President Biden shortly after he took office.


Existing programs, such as the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), will fall under USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The department will resume accepting applications for the program on April 5, 2021.


This is good news, but there is no reason this critical relief should have been abruptly delayed while farmers and producers across Minnesota were counting on it. To learn more about the programs or apply for assistance, click here.

Congressional Art Competition

High school students from across Minnesota’s Seventh District are invited to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition! The competition is open to all public, private, charter, and home school students in grades nine through 12. Winning submissions from each congressional district will be displayed for one year in the tunnel from the U.S. Capitol to the Cannon House Office Building, where they will be viewed by thousands of visitors, tourists, and Members of Congress.


Artwork must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on Monday, May 3, 2021. Additional guidelines and submission instructions are available here.

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Coming Up

The full House of Representatives is not scheduled to be back in session until Tuesday, April 13.