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U.S. House Agriculture Committee meeting is Saturday

MARSHALL -- The U.S. House Agriculture Committee will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. Saturday in Marshall where members will hear testimony from agriculture producers about current farm policy.

MARSHALL -- The U.S. House Agriculture Committee will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. Saturday in Marshall where members will hear testimony from agriculture producers about current farm policy.

According to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the hearing is open to the public, although speakers will be limited to invited witnesses who will provide testimony to the committee and answer qu-estions from members of the Agriculture Committee.

The invited witnesses include producers of crops and livestock from across Minnesota and two producers from South Dakota.

Those who are not testifying can submit written testimony to the Agriculture Committee for members to review.

The Agriculture Committee is preparing to reauthorize the 2002 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill establishes federal government policies on nutrition, energy, marketing, commodity, rural development, and conservation programs.

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Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and representative for Minnesota's 7th District, said in a news release that he encourages people to attend the hearing to educate Agriculture Committee members about the importance of agriculture in Minnesota.

The hearing will be in the Conference Center Ballroom at Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State Street, Marshall.

Live audio will be available at the start of the hearing, and can be accessed at http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/audio.html

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