Oct 21, 2010

Rep. Peterson visits

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of the Seventh Congressional District, Minnesota, spent about 90 minutes at the Staples Ag and Energy Center of Central Lakes College on Thurs., Oct. 21, discussing biofuels research and production. Bob Schafer, director, started Congressman Peterson off with a tour of demonstration plots at the acreage northwest of Staples. Varieties of non-food oilseed crops are harvested for tests as potential sources for locally produced fuels. Studies focus on renewable energy and economic development in greater Minnesota. The lawmaker agreed with much of the concept that could produce new fuel sources on marginal land and yield a sustainable, self-sufficient, on-farm economy with wider potential for economic security throughout rural Minnesota. Peterson, who lives in Detroit Lakes, chairs the House Agricultural Committee.