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NORTH MANKATO — U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said the long struggle to get a new farm bill, which started with hearings in 2010 and just recently passed, was due largely to the political harshness in the House but also because more and more misperceptions exist about rural America. "Most of our urban friends don't understand what we do," Peterson told a group of farmers Wednesday at South Central College. "We have some groups in this country who make a living out of putting out misinformation," said the 7th District Democrat who serves an area covering most of...
The U.S. House today passed a new farm bill, legislation that a Minnesota congressman played a central role in writing. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 7th District, said it was the most difficult farm bill he's ever worked on. The Senate is expected to pass the farm bill next week, and President Barack Obama has said he'll sign it.
Twelve-term Democrat Peterson, who is arguably the most knowledgeable member of Congress when it comes to farm bills and farm policy, is a member of the House-Senate conference committee that is trying to cobble together a compromise bill that will secure enough votes from the House and Senate to pass. It’s a challenge, to say the least. Peterson is more upbeat about a final bill, but remains concerned a faction in the House could derail the bill.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee and its former chairman, may be one of the most underestimated people ever to lead a congressional panel.
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, joined U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, at a farm bill forum Saturday at the Johnson County ISU Extension Office. Farmers and community members voiced their concerns on the farm bill’s restructuring, including billions of dollars worth of food assistance cuts, and conservation enforcement being integrated into corn insurance policy.
The House Republican leadership is still considering the possibility of bringing a food stamp bill to the floor. The nutrition title was split from the farm bill and remains a question mark. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson calls this process a waste of time. "The Senate has the nutrition title in their bill and we don't need it in our bill; we can negotiate this without it."
The House moved its farm bill one step closer to conference with the Senate Tuesday, when it made a procedural move that formally sent the legislation without food stamp provisions over to the Senate.
General farm bill debate opened Tuesday afternoon, and Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) had envisioned beginning amendments as early as 10 a.m. Wednesday and working well into the night. He knew he faced a 3 p.m. deadline Thursday, the time at which House members had been promised they can leave for the weekend. But Lucas and his ranking Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, felt the task was doable.
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) said he expects to see a mark-up in the House after the first week of May. On the Senate side, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) said she's "anxious" to start the official mark-up of the bill by the end of April, but hasn't completed negotiations on how to address concerns of Southern producers.
WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Leaders of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees would like to move versions of the farm bill this spring, but separate discussions Tuesday highlighted the same sticking points still remain over commodity and nutrition programs.