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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 9/1/2017
“Traditional Broomsman”Chautauqua Festival in Huot Dear Friends, This week, my thoughts go out to residents, first responders, and volunteers in Houston as they seek safety and shelter from the historic rains caused by Hurricane Harvey. For those who want to support the response efforts, there is information below provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with recommendations on how you can help. Last week, I visited the Minnesota Alliance of Rural Addiction Treatment Programs conference to learn more about opioid addiction from practitioners across the state. This week, I met locally with farmers near Barrett, and traveled to Decatur, Illinois to host a farm bill listening session with the Secretary of Agriculture, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and other members of Congress. Sincerely, Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District Minnesota Alliance of Rural Addiction Treatment Programs Marti Paulson, Director of Health and Intake Services Last Wednesday,
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/25/2017
Lake of the Woods Dear Friends, This week I joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Northwest Angle to distribute border identification check technology for a new pilot program. This project is an instructive example of what can be accomplished when government listens to local communities. I also joined Douglas and McLeod County 4-H auctions this week, where I took home the ribbons for several top-quality animals. Finally, I made visits to 3M and toured a remodeled nursing home, both in Hutchinson. Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District New Pilot Program at the Lake of the Woods Michelle James, Director of Field Operations at the Seattle Office; speaking at the Angle Inlet On Monday, I joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to distribute new border identification check technology to local resort owners to officially begin the first phase of a new Lake of the Woods pilot program. CBP could have selected several other remote areas for this pilot
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/18/2017
Red Lake RiverThief River Falls Dear Friends, This week many farms and homes were hit with extremely heavy rains in Renville and Redwood Counties. Storms like this show the need for a strong safety net to ensure that farmers and local communities can weather storms and have access to the financing they need to recover. I continued to travel across the Seventh district meeting with a number of Minnesotans from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and an employee-owned company, to Lignite Energy Council, as well as Reinhart Foodservice. Later today I’ll be in Hutchinson for additional events - more about that in next week’s newsletter. Lastly, with all the pain, divisions, and negativity dominating the news, some readers would be interested to know that Representative Emmer and I jointly met with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Holding joint events with representatives of another political party is nothing new for me, and it is something that I think moves us in the right direction t
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 9/8/2017
River WalkThief River Falls Dear Friends, As the recovery from Hurricane Harvey continues and Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, Congress approved $15 billion in critical bipartisan funding today to help support our first responders and those communities hardest hit by these storms. This week, I met with retiring CFTC Commissioner Bowen to discuss the work we can do to protect our markets and I joined KFGO Radio to highlight the need for action on permanent flood protection for Fargo. With flooding affecting large areas in the south, there is only more reason for us to recognize the importance of flood protection. Water quality also remains a prominent issue in Minnesota, and this week several meetings were held to call attention to water management issues. Finally, I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday, and I hope we continue to honor the contributions of our American workers every day. Sincerely, Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District CFTC Comm



 
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