Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/21/2018

November 26, 2018

Dear Friends,

This week, folks across the nation will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is tradition that we use this holiday to gather with loved ones and express gratitude for the many blessings we have. As we celebrate, let us remember those who have worked to produce our Thanksgiving meal and those who have sacrificed to guarantee our freedom to enjoy it. I am thankful for all the friendship, hard work, and support Minnesotans have shown me over the years. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in Congress and have a happy Thanksgiving!


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Celebrating 100 Years of Minnesota Farm Organizations

The Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation hosted their annual gatherings last weekend. The Minnesota Farm Bureau hosted their 100th Annual Meeting and the Minnesota Farmers Union celebrated their 100th year of serving Minnesota at their 77th Annual Convention. I attended both events on Saturday to speak to members about my work on the House Agriculture Committee, the Farm Bill, and my expectations for the 116th Congress. Both annual events are a great opportunity for members to gather and meet others from around the state. Regional and national experts came to address the members about a range of issues affecting farmers and rural communities. Members of both organizations took this chance to collectively discuss ideas and set priorities for 2019.

Lorraine Cecil

Photo courtesy of Ted Fiskevold

On Saturday, a dear friend, Lorraine Cecil, celebrated her 90th birthday and I was pleased to be able to join family and friends at her party in Bemidji. Lorraine retired from her position at Bemidji State University back in 1993, but she has remained active in her community since then and has served as a mentor to many young men and women who have spent time studying and working in Bemidji. Lorraine has also been one of the few people I can count on to give me advice and set me straight when I need it. It was an honor to celebrate her 90 years and I wish her much happiness and good health in the years ahead.


Global Regulatory Director Chloe Pavely

Chloe Pavely of Calyxt met with my staff aide Rebekah Solem last week to talk about the work of this technologically innovative, Minnesota-based company that went public last year. The company’s mission is to produce nutritious food and ingredients while putting people first, seeking to use modern technologies as solutions to address today’s challenges in a transparent way. For example, the company is working on a high oleic soybean that has unique nutritional properties. Calyxt is working with local soybean growers and crushers on this product.

Mental Health Care Grants Awarded

Congratulations to Greater Minnesota Family Services, in partnership with Southwest West Central Service Coop in Marshall, on receiving $421,992 through a School Innovation Grant. “With many kids coping with trauma, these grants will be a big help to Minnesota families,” said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. These grants are for intermediate school districts and will provide more access to mental health care for the children that need it most.

Thanksgiving Food Safety

Last Thanksgiving, Americans consumed an estimated 46 million turkeys. As you celebrate the holiday season, be sure to always follow safe food handling and preparation guidelines to protect your family from foodborne illness. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared Let’s Talk Turkey – A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey that can assist you in safely preparing your Thanksgiving bird. USDA also operates their Meat & Poultry Hotline (1-888-674-6854) that you can call for any last-minute cooking advice.

This Week in American History

Minnesota Governor Stephen Miller, 1865

On November 24, 1864, Governor Stephen Miller declared a Thanksgiving holiday. This proclamation was in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's recommendation that the last Thursday in November be used for this purpose. Minnesota had Thanksgiving Day before this declaration, but the holiday was usually celebrated in December. The nation would later debate when to host the holiday until President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Act of Congress in 1942, making the 4th Thursday in November the national Thanksgiving Day.

What’s the Story?

Minnesota’s 7th District is home to more than 30,000 farms of different shapes, sizes and specialties. According to USDA’s Census of Agriculture, the 7th District is the number 1 producer of turkeys and sugarbeets in the United States and the number 4 producer of agricultural products overall. Agriculture is vital to Minnesota’s economy and culture, and it is important to remember the hard work that goes into providing an abundant food supply for Americans.

Terri, Doug and Josh Magnusson toured the U.S. Capitol with our office this week