Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/11/2017

August 11, 2017

Lake of the Woods

Dear Friends,

This week I met with sugar beet and cane growers at the 34th International Sweetener Symposium and joined Congressmen Jimmy Panetta and Jim Costa in Salinas, California for a roundtable with agriculture producers and others interested in the farm bill. The Agriculture Committee also traveled to California to continue our “Conversations in the Field” listening sessions. With increased participation in crafting legislation like the farm bill, I feel confident that we will represent the interests of our farmers, ranchers, and producers in a lasting and effective way. I look forward to hearing more as we continue this farm bill process, and thank all of those who have reached out already.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Agriculture Committee Listening Session and Farm Bill Round Table

Modesto, California listening session; Reps. Panetta and Costa in Salinas

This week, the Agriculture Committee continued our “Conversations in the Field” to gather input for the next farm bill. Chairman Conaway hosted a listening session in Modesto, California, and I joined Congressmen Jimmy Panetta and Jim Costa in Salinas, California for a roundtable with agriculture producers and others interested in the farm bill. The farm bill remains one of the most critical pieces of legislation that helps to bring support to our farmers and ranchers, and I am thankful for the chance to highlight their thoughts and concerns directly. The Agriculture Committee has a final listening session scheduled for this month on August 30 at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

Folks who want to submit their ideas and suggestions should email them to

Archived video of the listening session is available here -

International Sweetener Symposium

I was pleased to join sugar beet and cane growers at the 34th International Sweetener Symposium. We discussed the outlook and timing for the 2018 farm bill, the outlook for the remainder of the congressional session, and what could happen on appropriations bills and tax reform. Chairman Conaway also made an appearance and reiterated his plan for the House Ag Committee to write and take to the Floor a farm bill in late 2017 or early 2018. I shared my belief that the Committee should move sooner rather than later in getting a bill written and to the House Floor.

Here's some additional information about the meeting:

Todd County Farmers Union Picnic

There was a big turnout for the 32nd Annual Todd County Farmers Union Picnic held on August 6 in Clarissa, Minnesota. The president of the Todd County Farmers Union, Alan Perish, along with a lot of other volunteers, provided great food, old-time music, and an opportunity for everyone to socialize and visit. My staff enjoyed the chance to meet and greet many of those at the picnic.

Veterans Care Round Table

My staff attended the round table discussion of Veterans Care in Rural Areas held by Ranking member Walz and Congressman Nolan in Duluth this week. Many areas of improvement where discussed on how to move forward and provide better access to health care for Veterans in rural areas of Minnesota. There will be several more round table discussions and hearings held in Minnesota, as well as other states, as the Committee on Veterans Affairs works to craft a new version of the Choice program.

Local Harvest Market

On Thursday, my staff visited the Local Harvest Market in Alexandria. It was a great opportunity to connect with local producers, sample local produce, purchase healthy foods, and share in a meal. The Local Harvest Market was formed by a group of west central residents to build a market bridge between local farmers and local consumers. Thursday’s event was hosted in conjunction with the local farmers market and included music in the park and games for the family. The event was a joint effort of the Local Harvest Market, University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Food Charter Network and was funded by a Food Systems Issue Area Grant from the University of Minnesota Extension.  

This Week in American History

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed by the United States and Great Britain on August 9, 1842, ending a decades–long territory dispute and setting the boundary between the US and Canada. Originally established by the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the treaty stated that the boundary should run "through the Lake of the Woods to the Northernmost point thereof, and from thence on a due west course to the river Mississippi.” However, the geographically faulty map used to negotiate the Treaty of Paris failed to recognize that the source of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, was too far south to be to be intersected by a line running west from Lake of the Woods. This error was officially corrected in the Webster-Ashburton Treaty by directing the boundary from the northwest point of the lake to the 49th parallel, then westward. Today, the Northwest Angle in Lake of the Woods County is the northernmost point in the contiguous US and the only territory of the US (with the exception of Alaska) north of the 49th parallel.

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 week’s landmark is the world’s largest statue of our state bird...

Congratulations to Roland Rauenhorst of Olivia for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the statue of Chief Kandiyohi at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar!

Share your guess on our website –

“Guardian of the Forest”
Emma Brandon (BAUDETTE)