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Farmfest kicks off, Congressmen discuss economy, healthcare, farm bill

GILFILLAN -- Serving in Congress has been like "drinking from a fire hose" since the new Farm Bill became law last May, Rep. Collin Peterson said Tuesday at Farmfest.

The 28th annual farm show kicked off Tuesday morning and Peterson and Rep. Tim Walz kept the rapid-fire pace up by discussing the economy, government stimulus actions, healthcare, the economy, energy and cap and trade legislation under the big forum tent. The Congressmen were not joined by Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as the Senate continues to meet this week.

Peterson, the chair of the House Ag Committee, does not expect the pace to slow, as lawmak-ers continue to grapple with weighty financial and healthcare regulation bills.

"We've been very busy, and I expect to be in the fall," Peterson said. While he and Walz, also an ag committee member, haven't been directly involved in the healthcare debate, but are meeting with stakeholders during the August recess.

Read more about the Farm Fest issues discussion Wednesday in the West Central Tribune.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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