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To our credit, dairy farmers have used the pain of the recent past to come up with our own solution. It was introduced by Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., last fall as the Dairy Security Act. Peterson consulted with dairy farmers across the country, as well as in Minnesota, on the most economically sensible and politically acceptable way to reformulate dairy policy
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is optimistic that Congress will pass a new farm bill before its August recess, but a debate with important consequences for his district looms in the weeks ahead.
Peterson predicts about $30 billion will be cut from the bill over the next ten years. About 80 percent of all spending from the Farm Bill goes toward domestic food assistance for things like food stamps and school lunch programs.
He's hoping to get valuable feedback from growers in his district during a series of farm bill update meetings he's hosting. Monday's session at UMC attracted around 40 growers and agriculture officials from the region. He figures the Senate version of the bill will go to the floor in early June, and that the House will follow a couple weeks later. He'd like the bill to be in the conference committee by July in order to provide enough time to hammer out a compromise bill before Congress' August recess.
The project began to gain momentum in the early 1980s, with the establishment of the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff program — which now raises $1.2 million a year for nongame wildlife preservation in Minnesota. Henderson credited U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson — who was then a state legislator — with helping to get the legislation passed to establish that program back in 1980
Anticipation is building for 2012 Farm Bill action in the coming weeks, with reauthorization before the current bill’s expiration on Sept. 30 looking possible.
Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson probably said it best: “This proposed rule didn’t make a lot of sense and seemed to be put together by people who don’t understand agriculture.”
Peterson said potential production restrictions will be rare and are a carefully constructed compromise necessary to cut the federal farm budget. The Congressional Budget Office has projected savings of $160 million over five years. The savings come from reducing a roller coaster of unregulated milk prices that on the downside could trigger taxpayer subsidies to dairy farmers.
Democrats Collin Peterson and Tim Walz broke with their party and voted for a House GOP student loan interest rate plan on Friday. The bill passed 215-195, with only 13 Democrats voting in favor.
“We understated the devastating impact that a post office closure can have on a small community,” says Peterson. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to shut down rural post offices without first considering a new business model that incorporates many other reforms,”