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The U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 7th congressional district, serving since 1991, and the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee.
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ENG: 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. Minnesota Senate Peterson was a member of the Minnesota Senate for the ...
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Rep. Peterson pushes regulatory reform bill ...

... 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 ...

Peterson says Safety Net for Dairy Industry is Crucial

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 ...

Peterson, Simpson Introduce The Dairy Security Act of 2011

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 ...

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Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/16/2016
Redwood Falls Dear Friends, This week I welcomed groups from all over Minnesota to my offices to discuss issues ranging from healthcare, to veterans’ affairs, transportation, hunger, and community development. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear from those who are making a difference in our communities. Finally, I was happy to host several remarkable young Minnesotans as we move forward in our Service Academy nomination process; we are always so impressed by those who are willing to serve our country, and I’m proud to see their interest. Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District Service Academy Nominations Mike Arntson, Jennifer Smestad, Richard Smestad and Alex Cabrera Each year, I have the privilege of nominating young people to U.S. service academies. On Saturday, a screening panel met to interview potential candidates applying for a nomination to one of the four U.S. service academies. These include the U.S. Military Academy West Point, U.S. Naval A
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/22/2016
The National Christmas Tree Dear Friends, As we close out 2016, I’d like to take the time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This week I joined KLGR radio to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill, visited Lake Park to discuss local agricultural issues, and learned more about the ways our community is helping others. Finally, I’d like to send a very special thank you to two of my retiring staff members, Tom Meium and Toni Merdan for their years of service in my office working on behalf of Minnesotans in the 7th Congressional District. Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District Lake Park Visit On Tuesday I attended the Becker County Agricultural Discussion Forum in Lake Park, Minnesota at the local American Legion club. I provided the audience with an update concerning the next farm bill and answered questions and listened to their concerns about agricultural issues. You can read more about my visit online. KLGR Interview On Wednesday, I joi
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/2/2016
Pipestone County Dear Friends, 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 12/9/2016
2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Dear Friends, This week concluded the 114th Congress, with the passing of a Continuing Resolution to fund our government as well as several other important pieces of legislation. I look forward to serving the great state of Minnesota again in the upcoming Congress and working to protect what matters most. As we witness the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks this week, let us remember those that fell protecting our nation, and thank all of the servicemen and women who have served since. Finally, as more hazardous winter weather approaches, please take a moment to review the safety tips below. Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District Molly Yeh and Nick Hagen East Grand Forks residents Molly Yeh and Nick Hagen stopped by to see me on Tuesday. Molly writes a popular food blog and was selected to visit the White House and bake holiday treats with the White House pastry chef. Nick is a fifth generation sugar beet farmer.

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