Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/13/2017

Dear Friends,

This week I worked on a variety of issues that are important to my District. Working with other members of the Minnesota delegation, I led a letter in support of continued federal funding so that farmers and ranchers can be protected against wolves threatening their livestock. I also met again with top Administration officials about tax reform and how we need polices that benefit the middle class. As the House worked to pass additional disaster relief resources for those impacted by hurricanes and fires, the House Committee on Agriculture held an oversight hearing for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and their efforts to maintain a sound market for financial services that are used every day by farmers and businesses in the Seventh. I also attended the opening of a new Veterans Affairs facility in Fargo-Moorhead that will help keep our Veterans healthy so they can reintegrate into our economy and communities back home. As I meet with groups from all over Minnesota, I will keep supporting programs that help protect and grow our middle class.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Fargo Veterans Affairs

Last week, I joined in to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Fargo Veterans Affairs Health Care Facility. The new facility hosts a primary care clinic, an intensive care unit, an imaging department, and a community living center. It is our responsibilty to ensure our veterans have access to quality health care. I’m proud to see such an impressive facility opening up to serve the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Minnesota Public Radio

I talked with Mark Steil on Minnesota Public Radio this week about the farm bill’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and its impact on our state’s pheasant numbers. There are a lot of requests to increase spending on programs within the farm bill but I’m doubtful we will have the resources to meet these demands. This is why I’m looking at reforming CRP and expanding program acres, while ensuring rental rates better reflect what is happing in the market. We should be doing a better job of enrolling the acres that need to be, and should be, enrolled rather than encouraging sign up of productive acres. My interview is available online here:


I was a guest on Thursday morning’s AgriTalk with Mike Adams. Mike and I discussed NAFTA negotiations, tax reform proposals, and the outlook for the next farm bill. You can listen to our conversation here:

U.S. Department of Commerce

On Wednesday, the Fargo office of the U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service hosted a meeting with Erin Walsh, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and other UCS staff, along with business owners, university staff and congressional staff for a discussion on export challenges for rural companies. Attendees heard from businesses who have used the Fargo office of the UCS, and their International Trade Specialist, Heather Ranck, to help get into the export market. Businesses at the table included Mattracks of Karlstad. The U.S. Commercial Service offices in Fargo and Minneapolis have been a great resource for small rural companies who are looking to sell their products overseas.

CentraCare Health

On Monday, my staff aide Jacki Anderson attended CentraCare's Long Prairie ribbon cutting event for their new hospital and clinic. With an expanding network of hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and pharmacies operating throughout the 7th District, CentraCare Health is at the forefront of patient-centered care in Minnesota’s rural communities. The vision and commitment from the community and CentraCare to complete this project was exceptional. More than ever, it is important that we maintain the continuum of care in greater Minnesota, and I look forward to working with you toward that goal.

League of Minnesota Cities

Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski, New London Mayor Bill Gossman, Jacki Anderson,  LMC President and White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson

On Wednesday, my staff aide Jacki Anderson connected with area mayors and city staff at the League of Minnesota Cities regional meeting in Granite Falls.

Grand Opening Workforce Development Center

Minnesota State - Moorhead Campus celebrated the grand opening of the co-location of the Workforce Development Center on their campus. Minnesota State - Moorhead currently trains over 6000 students each year and works with 500 business partners; approximately 65% of all new jobs are in the service sector. Available programs include medical and dental trainings, construction, auto and agricultural mechanics, electrical and firefighting. Education remains a critical step to boosting our economy, and I commend the Development Center for preparing Minnesotans to excel in the workforce.

Pacesetter Prize

Minnesota has been awarded the Pacesetter Prize for supporting family caregivers. The Scan Foundation created the Pacesetter Prize to recognize state efforts to improve long-term services and support for older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers. Minnesota has an exemplary history of providing services and support for people who are caregiving.  Services include personalized assessments, dementia-capable coaching, respite care support, and consultations through the state’s Senior LinkAge Line.

As your Congressman, I want to thank all the caregivers in the 7th district for their dedication and commitment to caring for our communities.

Region 9 Aviation and Economic Development Forum

My staff attended the Region 9 Aviation and Economic Development Forum this week where the was a discussion of the future of aviation in the state of Minnesota as well as getting a brief from the Metropolitan Airport Commission on the construction plans for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport and plans to handle the increase traffic for the Super Bowl this coming year.

MAELC 2017 Agriculture Education Listening Session

A member of my staff attended the MAELC 2017 Agriculture Education Listening Session where attendees actively gave input on what the next 7 years of Agriculture Education could look like.

Legislative Update

Agriculture Committee Update

The Agriculture Committee on Wednesday welcomed CFTC Chairman Giancarlo to testify on the Commission’s agenda. Chairman Giancarlo gave an overview of the direction he foresees the CFTC heading under his tenure and also provided an update on the implementation of financial reforms. I’ve generally been impressed with how the Commission has gone about enacting the changes called for by Dodd Frank and look forward to continued efforts to bring more transparency to the derivatives markets. Chairman Giancarlo has played with my band, the Second Amendments, and I welcomed his testimony before the Committee.


National Farmers Day

October 12 is National Farmers Day. Farmers are the lifeblood of our economy, providing food, fuel and fiber for our nation and around the globe. This week we recognize the invaluable work our farmers do to provide a safe and affordable food supply. If you ate today, thank a farmer!

Global Fertilizer Day

Today, October 13 is Global Fertilizer Day. Fertilizer plays a key role in meeting the world’s growing need for nutritious food. Join me in celebrating Global Fertilizer Day and recognizing the important role that sustainable fertilizer practices have in feeding a growing global population.

This Week in American History

On October 11, 1954, the Minnesota State Historical Society recognized ethnographer Frances Densmore for "distinguished service in the field of Minnesota History." Densmore, a Red Wing native, was one of the first ethnologists to specialize in the study of American Indian music and culture and is perhaps best known for her field recordings of Ojibwe songs. Densmore began recording music officially for the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) in 1907. In her fifty-plus years of studying and preserving American Indian music, she collected thousands of recordings, many of which now are held in the Library of Congress.

Spotted in the Seventh

Can YOU guess what was Spotted in the Seventh? Each week, the newsletter will feature a landmark or site somewhere in Western Minnesota. The first person to name the location wins! The location of the photo as well as the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter.

This Detroit Lakes ranch hosted over 150,000 people last year for one of the largest country music festivals in the nation…

Congratulations to Brian Field of Barnesville, who was the first to correctly identify our last location as the Stephen Curling Club in Marshall County!

Share your guess on our website –

Sylvia Venberg (FERGUS FALLS)