Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/17

Aug 17, 2012 Issues: Social Security

Sunrise on the prairie

Polk County

Dear Friends,

A few days ago we celebrated the 77th anniversary of Social Security, signed into law as an economic security program in 1935.  This week I'd also like to bring to your attention the talents of a young artist named Shawnae Hilde of Borup.  Shawnae's artwork was recently selected to represent the state of Minnesota, and her painting is currently displayed in the "All Kids Can CREATE Exhibit" at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.  The newsletter also includes photos from when I attended the Minnesota Ag Leadership Conference and spoke with a number of attendees about the need to pass the Farm Bill.  I visited with the County Commissioners of Sibley County, toured Sunshine Dairy in Arlington, and met with representatives from Land O'Lakes.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Celebrating 77 Years with Social Security

August 14 marked the 77th anniversary of Social Security becoming law.  In 2010, 882,408 Minnesotans received benefits from Social Security.  When he signed this landmark piece of legislation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described this law as both social and economic progress.  The Social Security system is one of our nation's most successful programs, and its earned benefits have provided economic security to seniors, children, survivors, and people with disabilities throughout our nation for decades.  As my colleagues and I seek to find solutions to the tough economic times we face, rest assured I will continue to protect Social Security.

All Kids Can CREATE: Winner - Shawnae Hilde (BORUP)

"The Beach" by Shawnae Hilde, grade 6 (Ada Borup School District)

Shawnae Hilde of BORUP, was selected by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to have her artwork showcased in the All Kids Can CREATE Exhibition.  Titled "What Inspires Me," the exhibit opened August 1 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. and features artwork by kids of all ages and skill levels from across the nation.  While more than 3000 students from ages five to fifteen submitted artwork, only two students from each state were chosen for this special exhibit.  Congratulations to Shawnae for representing our state and the 7th District!  Click here to view all the winning artwork from the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE Exhibit.

American Crystal Sugar Company

August 1 marked the one year anniversary of the lockout of the union employees of American Crystal Sugar.  On August 16, I joined my colleagues Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Franken, and Rep. Walz in sending a letter to American Crystal Sugar Company Region 3 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.  In this letter, we urged both sides to resume negotiations and settle the contract.  While these are difficult times, it is time to work together and find a solution. 

Peterson Pics

Land O'Lakes

After speaking to Land O'Lakes cooperative leaders in Minnesota, I discussed the outlook for dairy policy in the new farm bill (8/16).  Pictured above are some Minnesota farmers who attended the meeting.  From left to right: Bennett Osmonson, dairy farmer (GULLY), John Habedank, corn, soybeans, and sugar beet farmer (TWIN VALLEY), Mark Berning, dairy farmer (ST. MICHAEL)

Minnesota Ag Leadership Conference

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Eisenthal
On Monday, I attended the Minnesota Ag Leadership Conference in Brainerd, sponsored in part by Minnesota Corn.  This event that provides an opportunity for farmers, farm organizations, and federal policymakers from the Administration and in Congress to all get together and discuss the current state and future of agriculture.  Pressing agriculture issues that were discussed include biofuels, livestock, tax policy, international trade, and finalizing the 2012 Farm Bill.

Sibley County Commissioners

On Tuesday, I provided a legislative update to the Sibley County Commissioners.  Pictured above are Jim Swanson (District 3, Vice-Chair), Jim Nytes (District 1), Bill Pinske (District 2), Joy Cohrs (District 4), Harold Pettis (District 5, Board Chair)

Visit to Sunshine Dairy

A few days ago I made a visit to Sunshine Dairy, the Sibley County family dairy farm partnership of Ron and Pam Krueger and Scott and Stephanie Krueger in ARLINGTON (8/14). The Krueger family has received numerous awards from their quality milk-marketing cooperative, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) and the Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association. In the past three years, they were twice named the top milk-producing herd in the county.