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“The Ryan budget proposes significant cuts in the farm safety net and conservation programs, and slashes spending on nutrition programs that provide food for millions of Americans. It is appalling that in an attempt to avoid defense cuts the Republican leadership has elected to leave farmers and hungry families hurting.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson visited the Herald’s editorial board last week. He represents Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District which covers roughly half the state north of the Minnesota River and west of the Mississippi. Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. That committee is arguably the most important in Congress when it comes to wildlife conservation — because the farm bill, drafted by the Ag Committee, has more impact on more ground than any other piece of legislation. The good news is that Peterson recognizes this and shares a conservationist...
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) hosted U.S Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Chip Cravaack, Collin Peterson, and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation for a friendly, bipartisan, and bicameral “Hot Dish Off.” Sen. Franken and Rep. Cravaack tied for first place with their "Mom's Mahnomin Madness Hotdish" and "Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish."
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson told members of the National Farmers Union on Sunday he was optimistic about chances for passing a farm bill this year, but there are hurdles such as a push for steeper cuts in the agriculture budget.
“The CFTC is going to get this right,” he said. “To date, most of the final rules coming out of the Commission have bipartisan support and are addressing the concerns that stakeholders have expressed to both us and the Commission.”
Among Minnesota's House delegation, opposition to SOPA has bridged the partisan divide, uniting Democrats and Republicans. Reps. Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack, John Kline and Erik Paulsen, all Republicans, and Democrats Betty McCollum and Tim Walz oppose SOPA, saying they can't support the legislation in its current form. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat, is "leaning 'no'" on the legislation, said Cherie Slayton, his chief of staff.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., one of the four House and Senate lawmakers who developed a farm bill package for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, tells us why he believes Congress will pass new farm legislation in 2012.
In 2011, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey, the largest amount meat ever included in a recall. But U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Detroit Lakes, said there's no reason to think that the USDA shutdowns will affect food safety. He said only management and support positions are affected.
"We also are hoping that federal dairy policy reform will remain at the forefront of discussion," Bruins added. "The legislation authored by Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson remains the best opportunity we've had in my lifetime for true dairy policy reform."