Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/18

Oct 18, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Education

Maplewood State Park

Dear Friends,

With leadership in the Senate and the House finally resolving the government shutdown and ensuring America will pay its bills on time, we look ahead as progress on a farm bill continues. I was named to the farm bill conference committee, and I will be working hard with my colleagues from both chambers as we seek common ground. October marks Senior Nutrition Month and information regarding the Small Business Development Centers can be found below. We also celebrate National School Lunch week. The students of Park Christian School in Moorhead and Jefferson High School in Alexandria stopped by for a visit.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson

Minnesota 7th District

House Names Farm Bill Conferees

House Leadership on Saturday named the Representatives who will take part in the conference committee to negotiate the 2013 Farm Bill. Congressman Tim Walz and I were both appointed House conferees; Senator Klobuchar was previously named a Senate conferee. Click here for the full list of the Democrat House Members that will serve on the conference committee.

As Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee I am looking forward to meeting with our Senate colleagues to finally complete a new farm bill. I am hopeful that if Republican Leadership can be reasonable and leave the conference committee alone to do its work that we will be able to accomplish this goal.

On the House floor last week I expressed my opposition to a non-binding sense of the House resolution that would weaken the current sugar program. The proposal failed in a 192-212 vote. To listen to my House floor speech click here.

Also last week I discussed some of the challenges facing farm bill negotiators with Red River Farm Network. I think it’s going to be difficult to reach a consensus on dairy reforms and a new farm safety net.

Students from the 7th

Park Christian School (MOORHEAD)

Jefferson High School (ALEXANDRIA)

Two student groups stopped by my Washington office, the Agriculture Committee Room, and the U.S. Capitol to learn about Congress and the legislative process.

Jefferson Students Make the Paper

The group from Jefferson High School who visited my office became one of the first tours allowed back into the U.S. Capitol following the end of the government shutdown. The students were pictured in a major D.C. newspaper, called the Washington Post, as they looked to the ceiling of the Rotunda in the center of the U.S. Capitol.

Northland Community and Technical College

President of Northland Community and Technical College, Dr. Anne Temte

On Wednesday, Northland Community and Technical College hosted guests for Dr. Anne Temte’s State of the College Address Luncheon, called “Get to Know Us.” Dan Klug, Chief Development Officer emceed the program that included a current student, an alum, executive director of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Temte, and Vice President Carey Castle.

Dr. Temte spoke about the strategic plan of NCTC which they call Commit to Complete, a method to help students stay in school and help them graduate. She highlighted the school's commitment to work with the Grand Forks community and provide customized solutions to its training needs. A tour of the Imagery Analysis lab concluded the event.

Tribal Economic Development Summit

Red Lake Nation (left) and White Earth Nation (right) are two tribes from the 7th District that helped to co-host this important event

On Thursday, the Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit and Trade Show was held at the Northern Lights Events Center in Walker. The Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake Ojibwe Nations have been hosting this special event on a biennial basis since 2006 for community members, businesses and economic development agencies to come together collaboratively to strengthen the Northern Minnesota reservation and regional economies. This year’s theme was “Beyond Boundaries… Building Regional Connections.” The goal is to build long-term sustainable relations with local, national and state partners to enhance business opportunities on the reservations. Congratulations to all who participated in the summit on your continued success! For more information on the conference and the Tribal Commission please visit

Senior Nutrition Month

Red Lake Falls Senior Meal site

October is “Senior Nutrition Month” and Minnesota celebrates 40 years of supporting our seniors through Senior Nutrition services. Senior Nutrition services were established in 1973 through the Older Americans Act. The Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is one of the many organizations throughout Minnesota that provides healthy meals to seniors by delivering food to their homes. These services help seniors meet their nutritional needs, provide health and safety checks, and encourages independence. Community dining is another opportunity for seniors to eat affordable meals with friends. We celebrate the caregivers that are able to make Senior Nutrition Month possible.

This week Minnesota schools recognized National School Lunch Week from October 14-18. According to the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, more than 32 million children across the United States eat school lunch every day. The theme of this year's National School Lunch Week, "School Lunch Across the USA," celebrated the diverse flavors, ingredients, and cultures of different regions of the U.S. 

Small Business Development Centers

The Minnesota Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide confidential consulting to assist people as they start, build, and grow their business at no cost. Professional business consultants will assist clients at all stages of a business, by providing relevant, realistic and sound business advice.  The centers are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Minnesota and other partners.  If you are interested in receiving SBDC services in one of the six SBDC regional centers in the 7th District, please contact the SBDC in your region by finding their location and additional information by clicking here.

This Week in American History

On October 18th, 1888, the University of Minnesota’s Agriculture School opened with forty-seven students enrolled in the inaugural year. In the beginning the Agriculture School was a 6-month resident high school on the farm campus in St. Paul. The school provides professional education to students who wish to enter the agricultural, food, and natural resources career field.  The Agricultural Education program has partnerships with the University of Minnesota-Crookston, public schools, and agribusiness organizations so communities all over Minnesota benefit from the program in St. Paul.

Constituents from the 7th

Sarah Snetsinger (MAHNOMEN) and Shannon Rud (Grand Forks) have been good friends since they attended high school in GRANITE FALLS


Rachel Petroski (BATTLE LAKE)

2013 Congressional Art Competition