Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/17/2017

Otter Tail County

Dear Friends,

The House of Representatives passed the Republican-led tax bill this week; legislation that will lower the corporate tax rate at the expense of protections for families facing medical bills, tuition costs, and other individual deductions. I support making the corporate tax rate more competitive internationally and simplifying our system. However, I cannot in good conscience support a bill that drives up our deficit and will increase taxes on thousands of Minnesotans.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Natural Resources Conservation Service

This week I sat down with Congressman Kevin Cramer, from North Dakota, and the Deputy Chief of Programs at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jimmy Bramblett. We discussed the importance of water retention in the Red River Valley watershed, and the important role drainage water management can play in helping hold back water during the wet season. We asked NRCS to help work with farmers who are interested in pursuing tile drainage and drainage structures.

National Grain and Feed Association

Randy Gordon, Max Fisher, Bobby Fredericks

This week I met with National Grain and Feed Association President Randy Gordon to discuss expansion and reforms to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) as part of the upcoming farm bill. I am committed to increasing the cap of CRP acres, making the program work better for producers, and ensuring CRP rental rates aren’t out competing farmers. More work is needed on CRP reforms to ensure that good farmland remains in agriculture production.

Red River Farm Network

On Wednesday, I visited with Red River Farm Network’s Don Wick as part of the network’s “Farm Bill Focus” coverage in advance of the next farm bill. In addition to outlining farm bill reauthorization, I shared my concerns with the Republican tax plan and the potential impact it could have on farmers. We also discussed NAFTA renegotiations, and I urged negotiators not to give away agriculture gains in an attempt to fix other problems.

General Mills

I recently met with the new CEO of General Mills, Jeff Harmening. Outgoing Chairman Ken Powell introduced Jeff, and we talked about the importance of NAFTA to food manufacturers and the need to rationalize the U.S. corporate tax structure. Congratulations to Jeff on the new role, and best wishes to Ken.

2017 Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall Conference

This week, my staff aide Jacki Anderson attended the 2017 Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall Conference in Alexandria. Featured speakers presented information about the childcare shortage and need for broadband in rural Minnesota. 

University of Minnesota 5th Annual Showcase

Last Thursday, my staff attended the 5th Annual University of Minnesota Showcase on the MinnWest Technology Campus. The showcase featured projects from the offices of University Economic Development, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, and the Design for Community Resilience Program which featured a downtown plan for Fergus Falls, as well as the Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center and their work with poultry testing.

Veterans Day Concert

On Sunday, my staff aide Jacki Anderson attended the Swift County Band Veterans Day Celebration. Along with the beautiful concert music, a video displaying military photos played to commemorate fallen soldiers. All of Appleton’s streets, except Minnesota Street, are named after local veterans who died in combat. Sunday’s concert was a wonderful tribute to those who have served and those currently serving in our armed forces.

Legislative Update

H.R. 453 Wood Heater Relief Bill

On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment approved my legislation which would bring much needed relief to the wood heater industry and their employees. Technology advancements in wood heater emission controls have reduced air pollutants in wood heaters by 90%. Despite this, the EPA is forcing manufacturers to cut emissions by another 90%, which would destroy this industry. My bill would delay these draconian air emission regulations and give the industry time to advance their technology.


Lancaster and Roseau Ports of Entry

I had a call with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday to ask the Director of Field Operations to reverse course on the agency’s decision to reduce service hours and shift staff at the Ports of Entry in Lancaster and Roseau. This move would only hurt local economies and make it harder for emergency personnel to respond to calls in the Northwest Angle. I hope the agency ultimately decides to adjust their ill-advised proposal.

USDA Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Each Thanksgiving, Americans will consume 46 million turkeys! You can call the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline 8am-2pm ET on Thanksgiving Day at 1-888-674-6854 or visit their website for more food safety tips here.

This Week in American History

On November 14, 1908 Harrison Salisbury was born in Minneapolis. A reporter and author, he gained acclaim for his writing on the Soviet Union, culminating in his 1955 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Salisbury also led coverage on President Kennedy’s assassination, the Vietnam War, and Tiananmen Square.

Spotted in the Seventh

Photo courtesy of USFWS Midwest

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 week’s location is one of the smallest state forests in Minnesota, and is located in the transition zone between Minnesota's forested region to the northeast and the prairie region to the southwest…

Congratulations to Jeff Stabnow of Clitherall, who was the first to correctly identify last week’s location as Broken Down Dam Park in Fergus Falls!

Share your guess on our website –

“Radiator Springs”
Lauren Ammermann (RENVILLE)