Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/4/2017

Aug 4, 2017

Farmfest Listening Session

Dear Friends,

This week I joined hundreds of Minnesota’s farmers, ranchers, and producers at Farmfest for a House Agriculture Committee listening session on the next farm bill. I was pleased that a number of other members from the Committee and region could join, including Chairman Conaway (TX), Reps. Walz, Nolan, and Emmer from Minnesota, and Reps. Cramer and Noem from North Dakota and South Dakota respectively. Hearing directly from those most impacted by our rural economy only reinforced my conviction that Congress would get more done if they spent more time listening, instead of talking. This listening session was a great example of members taking the time to listen to people about their priories for the farm bill, and things they would like to see improved. I will continue to prioritize your thoughts and concerns as I work to represent Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Minnesota Farmfest

This week I had the opportunity to attend Farmfest near Morgan, MN. While this year was colder than any I can remember, that didn’t stop people from “braving” the weather and getting together to represent our agriculture community. Farmers and ranchers are the economic backbone in this region, and Farmfest is one of the best chances to hear from them first hand. As always, Farmfest was a great opportunity to meet with folks from across the ag sector, try out the beef sandwiches from the Minnesota Cattlemen Association, Wood-fired Pizza from the Minnesota Farmers Union, and the pork-chop-on-a-stick from the Minnesota Farm Bureau, hear folks concerns about current issues, and see exhibits showing the latest in ag developments. I am grateful for all who were able to attend.

Agriculture Committee Listening Sessions

Chairman Conaway; Members of the Agriculture Committee

The Agriculture Committee this week traveled to San Angelo, Texas and Farmfest in Morgan, Minn., to continue our “Conversations in the Field,” listening sessions to gather input for the next farm bill. Both events were widely attended and we heard input on a range of topics. Having feedback from those who actually use farm bill programs will help the Committee as we look to potential changes in the next farm bill. The Committee has two additional listening sessions scheduled for this month – August 5 in Modesto, Calif., and August 30 in Decatur, Ill.

Archived video of the Farmfest listening session is available here -

Farmfest Radio Shows

After our listening session at Farmfest, I joined Chairman Conaway and Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Papp for a live broadcast on Linder Farm Network, hosted Lynn Ketelsen. We discussed the farm bill in further detail and how it can be completed in a timely matter. I was also a guest on Tuesday morning’s AgriTalk radio program. Host Mike Adams and I discussed the Agriculture Committee’s farm bill listening sessions and our work on a new farm bill. I expressed my concern about having an adequate budget to fix the areas we know need to be addressed and also talked about potential changes to the dairy safety net. We also discussed the challenges of passing legislation in a polarized Congress. I also joined Scott Hennen at K-FYR Radio on Thursday to discuss what I heard from those who attended Farmfest and the best ways to help enact their priorities in the farm bill. Hearing from farmers and ranchers continues to give me increased insight and encouragement to finish this important work.

You can listen to my remarks online:

Wabasso FFA Officer Team Road Trip

Minnesota was well-represented at the farm bill listening session in San Angelo on Monday. The Wabasso FFA chapter officer team attended the event as part of a road trip to Texas. They headed south to visit rice and cotton farms near Brownsville. The FFA members are doing a great job of learning more about agriculture in other parts of the country - which is exactly what the listening session was about. The other committee members were very impressed and I think they learned a lot from the Wabasso FFA members. Thanks for being a great example and doing a great job of representing Minnesota.

Land O’Lakes and CHS

This morning, following yesterday’s Agriculture Committee Listening Session at Farmfest, I joined Chairman Conaway at another event to meet with leaders from Land O’Lakes and CHS. We talked about the upcoming farm bill, but also tax reform and other legislative issues coming up in the fall. As the Chair and Ranking member of the Committee, we work together closely, and joint meetings like this are another example of that.


52nd Anniversary of Medicare

President Johnson signing the bill into law; the bill, entitled “The Social Security Amendments of 1965”

President Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid programs into law on July 30, 1965. For more than 50 years, these initiatives have helped millions of Americans secure quality and affordable healthcare. In the 115th Congress, I have co-sponsored legislation to expand Medicare’s coverage to include exams, treatments, and medical devices for eyes, ears, and teeth. I also lent my support to bills that will help strengthen Medicare’s mental health workforce and repeal the therapy cap. As Congress explores reforms to our healthcare system, I will work to protect against cuts to the benefits that seniors have worked hard to earn.

This Week in American History

Gov. Sibley c. 1862; the flag of Minnesota Territory

On August 1, 1849, the Minnesota Territory held its first election, voting Henry H. Sibley as the first representative of the territory’s at-large congressional district. After serving two terms in Congress, Sibley served in the Minnesota Territorial House of Representatives, and in 1858, became the first governor of the state of Minnesota.

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 honors the Dakota and is nicknamed after its home county...

Congratulations to Mary Luise Wallin of Willmar for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the town of Cosmo!

Share your guess on our website –

Carlie Swart (RENVILLE)