Statement from Congressman Collin Peterson on the Nomination of Ed Schafer for USDA Secretary

Oct 31, 2007 Issues: Congressional Issues

I have known Ed Schafer for a long time and have a good personal and professional relationship with him from his days as North Dakota ’s governor. He’s someone who understands agriculture in our part of the world, and that is a good thing. The question is whether he will have to toe the Administration’s line or whether he will be able to soften their position on issues like sugar and permanent disaster assistance.

It is good to have someone from our part of the world serving as Agriculture Secretary, and I look forward to working with him.