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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 27, 2020 Press Release

(Washington) - Representative Collin Peterson issued the following statement on the passage of The Coronavirus Relief Act, The CARES Act: 


March 24, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, D.C) - Today, Congressman Collin Peterson lead a bipartisan coalition of 44 Representatives in sending a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting that the SBA drastically reduce the interest rate tied to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for small businesses and non-profits. 

March 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson released the following statement today in honor of National Ag Day:

March 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson welcomed the designation of agriculture, including food production, distribution, and retail, as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security in an announcement made by the DHS on Thursday.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson welcomed two announcements from the Federal government that would expand flexibility in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Collin Peterson joined House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.), Ranking Member Dr.

March 17, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Collin Peterson, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, joined fellow Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Biofuels Caucus to send a letter to President Donald Trump today regarding the recent Tenth Circuit Court decision that invalidated three Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard and criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of these waivers for s

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.
March 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Representative Collin Peterson, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, and Representative Steven Palazzo (MS-4) introduced H.R.


In The News

October 29, 2014 In The News
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted by NAM member company Polaris in Roseau, Minnesota.
February 21, 2014 In The News
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.
February 3, 2014 In The News
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.
December 10, 2013 In The News
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.
September 19, 2013 In The News
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.
July 29, 2013 In The News
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.
July 29, 2013 In The News
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.
July 17, 2013 In The News
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.
June 19, 2013 In The News
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.
April 9, 2013 In The News
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.