Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 9/14

Sep 14, 2012 Issues: Congressional Issues, Health, Veterans

Visit to the Kolseth farm in PLUMMER (9/6)
Pictured above with Dale Kolseth

Dear Friends,

The fight for the 2012 Farm Bill continues on Capitol Hill as we urge leadership to stop stalling and get the job done.  I joined our nation's farmers, Minnesota representatives Sen. Klobuchar and Rep. Walz, and my colleagues in agriculture along with hundreds of supporters in a "Farm Bill Now" Rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  I also met this week with MN Pork Producers, American Cancer Society, Growth Energy, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farmers Union, and a number of other folks who are pictured below.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Farm Bill Now Rally

I joined hundreds of farmers and ranchers and fellow members of Congress at a Capitol rally Wednesday to urge Republican House Leaders to bring the five-year farm bill to a vote. The Senate has already passed a five-year farm bill and the House Agriculture Committee passed a bipartisan five-year farm bill in July but the House has yet to vote on the legislation. I simply can’t understand why these guys won’t take yes for an answer and are choosing to play politics with the farm bill. The rally was a good start but we need the grassroots to step up their efforts and keep making phone calls and sending e-mails to their representatives and Congressional leaders. I don’t think they’re feeling the pressure to get this bill done and without that I worry that we won’t be able to pass the farm bill this year.

Listen to my comments at the rally here and learn more about the Farm Bill Now coalition urging Congress to pass the five-year farm bill.

In the News

Marshall Independent: Peterson: Farm bill passage not likely

Minnesota Public Radio: Farmers, Rep. Peterson rally in Washington for new farm bill

Alexandria Echo Press: Klobuchar and Peterson: House needs to take action before current Farm Bill expires on September 30

Star Tribune: Farmers rally for action on stalled farm bill


 U of M-Morris: One of Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges (U.S. News)

U.S. News and World Report released its 2013 college rankings, and the University of Minnesota, Morris was listed among the nation's Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges for the fourteenth consecutive year.  Morris was also listed among colleges that recognize and value "spirit and hard work" as well as "a broad, engaged student body."  These objective rankings were based on schools missions and data collected from and about each college.  Congratulations to the University of Minnesota, Morris for continuing the tradition of great education in Minnesota!

Military Matters

The House of Representatives has passed (410-3) the Stolen Valor Act of 2012, which makes it a crime to knowingly benefit from lying about military service or awards.  Like many in Minnesota, I believe that we must defend the honor and sacrifices of those who serve our great country. That is why, as a proud co-sponsor of this legislation, I am pleased that the House of Representatives passed this important piece of legislation.  The Stolen Valor Act of 2012 amends the federal criminal code to subject an individual, who with intent to obtain anything of value, knowingly makes a misrepresentation regarding his or her military service to a fine, imprisonment, or both.  For more information, you can read the bill here.

Peterson Pics

I met with members of the Minnesota Pork Producers to discuss the farm bill and other agriculture issues (9/12).  From county fairs to FarmFest, there were a lot of good pork products to try this summer. In 2011, the National Pork Board ranked Minnesota second in the number of hogs raised and second in the value of hogs sold for processing into meat products (2011).

I was honored to receive the 2012 "Fueling Growth" Award from Growth Energy, presented to me in the top right photograph by Mick Miller (MORRIS) (9/11).  Growth Energy presents this award to representatives with an outstanding voting record and leadership in support of the ethanol industry. This award was given to me for my support of the renewable fuels industry which helps create jobs, revitalize rural America, improve our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

I visited with Minnesota Farmers Union members and was presented with the "Golden Triangle" Award.  Farmers Union gave me this award for my leadership and support for policies that benefit America's family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. (9/11)

I had the opportunity to visit with Young Farmers and Ranchers with the Minnesota Farm Bureau (9/13).  I was honored to be recognized with the "Friend of Farm Bureau" Award for the eighth time.

Meeting with the Minnesota Service Cooperatives (9/11).  Pictured above are Jeremy Kovash (PERHAM) Executive Director, Lakes Country Service Cooperative (FERGUS FALLS), Mark Kinney (Legal Counsel, Minnesota Service Cooperatives)

I spoke with Minnesota members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) while they were in town for ASFMRA's Leadership Institute this week (9/12).  They stopped by to talk with me about the importance of passing the five year farm bill.  Pictured above are Lee Williams (Lake Crystal) and Eric Skolness (GLYNDON)

Meeting with Minnesota members of the American Cancer Society (9/13).  Pictured above are Pam Fontem, Toni Kay Mangskau, Rebecca Thoman, Dorothy Roof (FERTILE), and Robianne Schultz (PERHAM), MN State Lead Ambassador

Land O'Lakes members stopped in my office to stress the importance of passing a farm bill, highlighting the unique need of dairy producers and crop farmers (9/11).  We also discussed the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, international agriculture development, and GMO labeling. Pictured here are Kevin Schluender (Land O’Lakes legal staff) and dairy farmers David Bangart and Bennett Osmonson (GULLY).

I met with Schwan Food Company Executives to talk about Schwan’s voluntary efforts to exceed the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act as well as issues important to the food industry (9/11).  Pictured above are Alan Poff (MARSHALL), Sr. Director Government & Community Affairs, and Jeffrey Varcoe (CANBY), VP Food Safety and Quality