Collin Clark Peterson (born June 29, 1944), is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 7th congressional district, serving since 1991, and the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and is the dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation.
The district, Minnesota's largest and most rural district, includes the entire northwestern area of the state. It includes Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls, Willmar, Marshall, and Alexandria.
Early life and education
Collin Peterson was born in Fargo, North Dakota, grew up on a farm in Baker, Minnesota, and received his B.A. at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Peterson was a member of the Minnesota Senate for the ...
... to ‘reduce unnecessary burden on job creators’
Rep. Collin Peterson is pushing a regulatory reform package that has CEOs singing praises and good government groups concerned.
The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 would reform the way federal agencies make rules in order to “reduce unnecessary burdens on job creators.” Opponents of the bill, which was introduced Thursday, say it will stifle health, safety and environmental standards.
Under the proposed legislation, a new regulation would need to have advanced public notice and public comment and be based on ...
The following article is an op-ed article from House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. concerning the dairy industry and the issue of improving the dairy program. "It has been nearly three years since the combination of declining milk prices and escalating input costs devastated the dairy industry. Many producers were forced out of business while others just barely managed to survive. The dairy safety net did not work in 2009 and it won’t work if similar events occur now. Current dairy programs are not keeping pace with the challenges facing today’s ...
U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, today introduced The Dairy Security Act of 2011. The legislation will replace current, outdated dairy programs with new risk management tools addressing the realities of today’s dairy industry, such as rising input costs and a growing export market.
“If we have another crisis like we had in 2009, when milk prices dropped and input costs skyrocketed, I fear we could lose half our dairies. The dairy safety net did not work then and it won’t work if similar events occur ...
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/23/2016 Kittson County
As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, let us remember to be thankful for our families, friends, and those who help bring food to our tables. This week, I joined the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Farm Bureau at their annual conventions to thank them for their continuing advocacy for Minnesota farmers. I also welcomed the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and Minnesota Milk Producers Association to my Detroit Lakes office to discuss their important roles in our state’s agriculture economy.
Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District
Minnesota Farmers Union and Minnesota Farm Bureau
I joined both the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union in their annual state conventions this weekend. Each year, both of these advocacy organizations convene to discuss the issues most important to the agricultural community and their goals in developing our rural economy. As we begin gearing up for the next Farm Bill, I
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/2/2016 Pipestone County
The House passed several important pieces of legislation this week, including the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, both comprehensive bills that benefit many Americans. I welcomed representatives of the National Milk Producers Federation and Alexandria Police Department Captain Scott Kent to my office to discuss upcoming legislation. I also paid tribute to USDA Secretary Vilsack at his official portrait unveiling.
Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District
Honoring Secretary Vilsack
I was honored to speak at the unveiling of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s official portrait on Thursday. The portrait was painted by Rose Frantzen, an Iowa artist, and features Secretary Vilsack seated at his desk. I was chairman of the House Agriculture Committee when Vilsack became Secretary in 2009, and we worked closely together during the implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill. In fact, he and I sat down for lunch
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/18/2016 Lake Ripley in Meeker County
I was pleased to welcome groups from all over Minnesota to Washington this week, including 11th and 12th graders from Fertile-Beltrami High School. I also welcomed the National Cotton Council, American Crystal Sugar, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association and Potlatch to discuss issues important to farmers and producers across the country. This week also brought the conclusion to the Agriculture Committee’s review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), where we heard about the success of the program and the importance of it remaining part of the Farm Bill. Additionally, I’m happy to announce that the Department of Energy has issued a presidential permit for the Great Northern Transmission Line project in northern Minnesota, bringing new jobs and new energy to our district. As we prepare for our first winter storm of the year, I hope you utilize the information below to help stay safe.
Following Efforts from Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Nolan, Department of Energy Approves Great Northern Transmission Line The Great Northern Transmission Line will help provide Minnesota electric customers access to reasonably priced, clean, renewable energy
Last year, Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, and Nolan urged support for the project in a letter to Secretary Moniz and in September, the lawmakers sent another letter to Moniz urging a timely review of the project
WASHINGTON, DC – Following efforts from U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representatives Collin Peterson Rick Nolan, today the U.S. Department of Energy gave federal approval to Minnesota Power’s Great Northern Transmission Line, a 220-mile electric transmission line that will cross the U.S.-Canada border between Minnesota and Manitoba and help provide Minnesota electric customers access to reasonably priced, clean, renewable energy. Last year, Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, and Nolan urged support for the project in a letter to Secretary Moniz. In September, the lawmakers sent another letter to Moniz urging a timely