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March 27, 2020 Newsletter
Coronavirus Prevention Guidelines, Government Response to COVID-19, DHS Designates Agriculture as Critical Infrastructure, Local Food Pantries, Emergency Motor Carrier Regulatory Relief , Production of Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitizer, Biofuels Caucus Asks the Administration to Support the Ethanol Industry, Guidance for Veterans, GI Bill Flexibility for Student Veterans, Health & Healthcare Updates, Medicare Expands Telemedicine Coverage, High-Deductible Health Plans can cover COVID-19 costs, Donate Blood, Consumer Protection Resources, FCC Resources, Social Security, Taxes, Federal Filing Deadline Postponed to July 15, State Tax Information, Small Business Resources, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Additional Business Resources, Employment Resources, Department of Labor, Filing for State Unemployment Benefits, State Employees, Effects on Job Corps, Education Updates, Student Loan Payments Suspended, Administration waives K-12 standardized testing requirements, Asking the Department of Education to Protect Students, Resources for Families, Library of Congress, PBS, Smithsonian Institute, Online Agriculture Experiences, Water Management and Flood Damage Conference, Western Minnesotan recognized for heroism, and Congressional Art Competition.
March 16, 2020 Newsletter
PL-566 Watershed Program Letter, USDA Budget Letter Meeting, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Minnesota agriculture groups, Supporting Agriculture through Aquaculture – AQUAA Act, American Legion Department of Minnesota, Joint VA Committee Hearing on American Legion Priorities, HVAC Oversight and Investigations Hearing, Full HVAC Committee markup meeting, Farm Forum in Fosston, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Soil Health Meeting in Saint Hilaire, LeadMN, Students United, Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters, Minnesota School Nutrition Association, 340B Health, Minnesota Council on Foundations, National Barley Improvement Committee, National Humanities Alliance, HealthWORKS Coalition, National Association of Postal Supervisors, Alliance of Community Health Plans, National Association of Convenience Stores, State Historic Preservation Office, H.R. 1379, the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA), NWS Issues Final Spring Flood Outlook, Farm and Rural Stress Resources Available, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tips to Stay Healthy, MN DEED’s Lisa Hughes Named Top 50 Economic Developer, Perham Health, and Congressional Art Competition.
January 21, 2020 Newsletter
Patrick Henry Award, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 4-H on Capitol Hill, Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, Senate Passes USMCA Trade Agreement, CBD Legislation, Phase 1 China Deal, European Union Commissioner Phil Hogan, Theresa Gillie, Jake Chisholm, CentraCare, Minnesota Hospital Association Trustee Conference, Minnesota Organic Conference, Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference, Red River Watershed Management Board, $10 Million in Animal Pest and Disease Prevention, and Letter to Secretary Mnuchin.
December 16, 2019 Newsletter
Sugar Meetings with Sen. Hoeven, Member Day at the Ag Committee, Ag Processing Inc, NASDA, MN National Guard, Moment of Silence, Air Force Academy Nomination, Twin Cities and Western Railroad Company, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Minnesota State Forester, Lamb and Wool Producers Association, 2020 Census Effort, New London-Spicer School, USMCA, Farm Workforce Modernization Act, Conservation Stewardship Program, ARC/PLC Informational Meetings, and USDA Extends Dairy Margins Coverage and Market Facilitation Program Signup.
November 12, 2019 Newsletter
Minnesota Delegation Requests Aid for Farmers Struggling with Flooding, Town Hall Meeting in Crookston, Fish and Wildlife Service Roundtable, American Crystal Sugar Board Meeting, Agriculture Town Hall, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Kidney Community Advocates, Good Samaritan Society, Department of VA in the District, Roots of the Red River Valley, Veterans’ Day is a Call to Action, EPA Seeks Nominations for Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee, News and Views with Joel Heitkamp, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and First American Legion in Minneapolis.
September 30, 2019 Newsletter
Dairy Margin Coverage, Upcoming Service Academy Nights, Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert, Tyson Fresh Meats, Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Robert Lighthizer, MN National Guard, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, Bill Introduction: Delisting Gray Wolves, MN Rural Electric Association, American Physical Therapy Association Private Practice Section, Lakes Region EMS/American Ambulance Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Polaris, Blue Ribbon Schools, League of Minnesota Cities Regional Meeting in Perham, Vibrant Broadband, MN Department of Veterans Affairs, Gold Star Mother’s Day, Kittson County Farms Union Annual Meeting, Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act, Ag Week Interview, and Congressional Biofuels Caucus Letter.
September 30, 2019 Newsletter
Upcoming Service Academy Nights, Joint Subcommittee Hearing on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Continuing Resolution, Farm Credit Administration, House Veterans Affairs Committee, National Association of FSA County Office Employees, Federal Reserve Presidents, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, USDA, Minnesota Corn Growers, Establishing the 4-H Caucus, Congressional Biofuels Caucus Letter, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health, MNsure, Bill Adams, Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, Service Academy Nights, Fourtown Gygla Sportsmen’s Club, Museum Day, Legislative Update on the Continuing Resolution, News and Views with Joel Heitkamp, Concordia Alum nominated for Emmy, and FEMA Congressional Advisory.
September 3, 2019 Newsletter
Addressing Questions about Market Facilitation Program, Rural Stress Network, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Detroit Lakes Office House, Randy Kempfer, Dan Rea, Glenwood State Bank, UTU Railroad Employees, New Horizon Farms, AARP, American Crystal Sugar Plant, Northern Woodwork, Batch Block Opera House in Staples, and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
September 3, 2019 Newsletter
Marshall Head Start Facility, Bridge Demolition Project, Camp Ripley and Arden Hills, Wind Turbine Blade in Thief River Falls, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minnesota Associations of Townships District 13 Meeting, National Park Service: Pipestone, Humane Society, Exploring Federal Government Contracts Workshop, Ponsford Navy Leader Honored in Becker County, Market Facilitation Program Update, News and Views with Joel Heitkamp, and Agri-Pulse Open Mic Interview.
May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON-Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) introduced the bipartisan Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019 that seeks to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on heavy trucks that was created in 1917 to help pay for World War 1. When it was introduced, the FET was 3%, but has increased to 12% today. The revenue generated through the FET tax goes into the Highway Trust Fund but is unreliable since truck sales are inconsistent year-to-year.

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