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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 3/10/2017
Geese at Prairie LakeOtter Tail County Dear Friends, This week the National Barley Improvement Committee, University of Minnesota Council for Agricultural Research Extensions and Teaching, American Crystal Sugar, Barnes Aastad Soil and Water Conservation Research Association, and the Eastern South Dakota Soil and Research Farm came by to share updates on the latest agricultural issues and research. We also had several groups visit on upcoming health care priorities, including the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, YMCA Minnesota, 340b Health Care Providers, Sanford Health, the Minnesota Psychological Association, and members from the pediatric dentistry community. I was also happy to welcome veterans groups, arts and humanities advocates, and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioner Tingerthal to my office. Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Mark Rutherford and Dr. Trevor Ames Dr. Trevor Ames
Rep. Collin Peterson Wins Sen. Franken’s 7th Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition
Today, the Minnesota Congressional Delegation came together for U.S. Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) seventh annual hotdish competition. Sen. Franken started the friendly "Hotdish Off" as a way to bring the delegation together and celebrate a Minnesota culinary tradition. You can download video from the event here and here, and an interview with Sen. Franken that you should feel free to use here. Participants recipes can be found here. You can find photos of the competition here. After a blind taste test of all ten Minnesota Congressional member's hotdishes, Rep. Collin Peterson’s “Right to Bear Arms Hotdish” was named the winner of the 2017 Hotdish Off. The judges included: Mee Moua—President and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and former Minnesota state senator Norm Ornstein—Resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, native Minnesotan and University of Minnesota alum Dr. Ed Ehlinger—Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health T
Reps. Bustos, Yarmuth, Peterson & O’Halleran Warn Against Impact of Trump’s Budget Cuts on Working Families, Rural America
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy & Communications Committee, Congressman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member on the Budget Committee,  Congressman Collin Peterson, Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Tom O’Halleran of Arizona today held a press conference highlighting the devastating impact President Trump’s FY2018 budget blueprint would have on hard-working American families, especially those living in rural America. The blueprint calls for a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers important programs and services to Americans in rural areas. The budget also calls for eliminating the water and wastewater loan and grant program, the TIGER grant program, Essential Air Service program, Rural Business Cooperative Service, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  and Community Development Block Grants, which states use to pay for Meals on Wheels, a
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 3/17/2017
Fresh cookies sitting in a bakeryGranite Falls Dear Friends, When I meet with constituents from across the 7th Congressional District, I am always reminded about the importance of anchor facilities like hospitals, schools and grocery stores that provide crucial services that rural communities need to stay vibrant. When President Trump released his budget proposal on Wednesday evening, I was disappointed that it proposed a 21 percent cut to the Department of Agriculture and zeroed out funding for programs that help build water treatment plants in small rural towns. Businesses don’t move to towns without water, and these cuts show a lack of understanding of the needs in rural America. I think that if the Administration took the time to visit with local leaders from places like Fergus Falls, Breckenridge, or Crookston, they would hear from people who want solutions and not ideology pushed by think tanks in Washington. I remain willing to work on pragmatic solutions after these partisan

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