Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/6/2015

Nov 6, 2015 Issues: Congressional Issues, Veterans

Dear Friends,

This Veterans Day, we come together as a Nation to thank our veterans for their service and to let them know that their sacrifices will never be taken for granted.

Here, and in communities across America, we honor veterans for protecting security and freedom throughout our history.

Veterans are everyday men and women we know as friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. They have preserved and strengthened our country and made sacrifices beyond the call of duty.  Even as we honor them this Veterans Day, our military is courageously defending our freedoms at home and abroad.  Veterans and their families are truly among our finest citizens.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Saving Crop Insurance

Brian Young (ADM Crop Risk Services) and James Brost (Holburn Corp.)

On Wednesday, representatives from the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) came by my office to discuss issues surrounding crop insurance. Last week, I led an effort to prevent damaging cuts to the crop insurance program. Farmers rely upon the risk management provided by the crop insurance system, so it's imperative that it be protected.

Champion of Healthcare Innovation

The Healthcare Leadership Council recognized me as a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” this week at an award ceremony in Washington. The presentation was part of the Council’s annual Healthcare Innovations Expo, which showcases new developments in healthcare technologies, treatments, and practices. It is an honor to receive this award from some of the nation’s premier healthcare companies and organizations.

Minnesota AgriGrowth Council

On Thursday, my staff aide Rebekah Solem and agriculture committee staff met with Perry Aasness, Executive Director of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council. The AgriGrowth Council represents a diverse group of members from across Minnesota’s food and agriculture sector who seek to work together for the good of all involved in Minnesota agriculture. Mr. Aasness talked about a new pilot program called the “Minnesota Working Lands Conservation Partnership” that was recently announced by the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council along with AGree. Producer-led and watershed-based, this initiative will focus on the supply chain to come up with solutions for improvements to water quality.

Legislative Update

American Agriculture and National Security

The Agriculture Committee held a hearing on American agriculture and national security this week, outlining the importance of agriculture and a stable food supply in protecting our nation. The hearing also provided opportunity to examine potential threats and vulnerabilities to the agricultural sector.


Veteran Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham recognizes outstanding military service in and out of uniform. This year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award, Korean War veteran Ervin Wegscheid of Dent, has served as a volunteer tour guide at the museum for nearly six years. I offer my sincere congratulations to Ervin and thank him for the positive impact he makes in his community.  

Veterans History Project

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and displays personal accounts of American war veterans from the first and second World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. With hundreds of personal narratives, correspondence, and visual artifacts, the Veteran History Project helps provide the public with a better understanding of the realities of war. Veterans and their families, interviewers, and students are encouraged to participate and contribute to the project by completing online registration. Resources for educators and students are also available.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced this week that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small business, agricultural cooperatives, and private nonprofit organizations that suffered financial losses from this year’s winterkill. Under this declaration, eligible entities in Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, and Todd Counties may receive loans up to $2 million. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website. Completed loan applications must be submitted to SBA no later than June 28, 2016.

InnovateHER Competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched the InnovateHER Challenge this week, helping to empower women in the investment and innovation arenas. The West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center is hosting the local competition, giving national finalists an opportunity to pitch their products and ideas for $70,000 in prize money. Participants can enter the local competition by completing and submitting a completed online questionnaire by November 20, 2015

Discovering the 7th

In Their Own Words Veterans Museum

The In Their Own Words Veteran Museum in Perham is the only museum in the nation based entirely on the oral histories of rural America’s veterans. In addition to several audio-visual exhibits, the museum often hosts guest lecturers and sponsors live performances. Each year, the city of Perham honors veterans with free meals and VFW Color Guard-led tours of the museum.

This Month in Military History

The Continental Marine Corps, the institutional roots of the United States Marine Corps, was established by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. The Marine Corps has since expanded in both its mission and scope, with 194,000 active service Marines (40,000 in reserve) acting as dominant practitioners in amphibious warfare and expeditionary crisis response. Each year, the Marine Corps holds a birthday ball on November 10 to honor its 240-year tradition of service and sacrifice.