Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced he will seek a 13th term. Peterson made the announcement on Joel Heitkamp’s “News and Views” talk show on KFGO radio in Fargo, prior to his official announcement expected at 10 a.m. at Moorhead City Hall. Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee.
Peterson, 69, represents the sprawling 7th District from northwest Minnesota to Marshall, Minn. State. Sen. Tory Westrom, Elbow Lake, is the only Republican announced for the position.
The congressman says he expects that national groups will try to target him – “these national groups, trying to take these seats for themselves, away from the people.” He says it was nearly a “miracle” to get the farm bill passed, and that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently told Peterson he hoped it would be fully implemented in 2014.
Among other things, he says the Renewable Fuel Standard needs to be maintained for corn ethanol. He says the problem with the RFS is that advanced biofuel targets were too high for the practicalities. He says corn ethanol should be protected because the industry has plants that are doing “exactly what we want them to do.”