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Friday, March 17, 2017

Reps. Bustos, Yarmuth, Peterson & O’Halleran Warn Against Impact of Trump’s Budget Cuts on Working Families, Rural America

The budget cuts programs that help our smaller communities be able to update their water systems and farmers navigate farm programs. These programs support rural areas, which support agriculture, which allows us to have cheap, safe and dependable food.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Peterson Statement on Trump Budget Request

The President’s request would cut USDA’s budget by $4.7 billion, or 21 percent. It demonstrates a lack of understanding of farm programs and their impact on rural America.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Peterson Op-Ed: Ag Committee Prepares for Next Farm Bill

It’s not going to be easy. Every farm bill I have been a part of has been more difficult to pass than the previous one. There are myriad reasons for this but, given the challenges that are sure to lie ahead, I believe 2017 is our best opportunity. I’m ready to get to work.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Peterson Statement at Meeting to Consider Budget Views and Estimates Letter

We have a new farm bill to write this year and I will oppose any attempts to further reduce farm bill spending. I think that, by and large, the current farm bill is working as we intended. We will have to make some tweaks to different programs but we should not be looking to reduce our budget.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Peterson Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Conservation Policy

But, now, I would like to see us get back to 35 or even 40 million acres in this next farm bill. This increase will improve water quality and address the declining wildlife populations we’ve experienced in my region of the country. I think we can find a way to get there but we will need to simplify and reform the program; I wouldn’t support an increase in acres without some changes.

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