House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson is the architect of the current sugar and dairy titles of the farm bill. Peterson had an extensive conversation with his successor, Georgia Congressman David Scott, about farm policy. “He assured me that he will be a big friend of dairy and sugar so we’ll take him at his word.” When asked if he would accept the agriculture secretary job if President-elect Biden called, Peterson said he would have to consider it. However, Peterson downplayed the possibility. “I’ve been in the saddle here for 45 years working in the state legislature and Congress. When I was deer hunting with my kids after the election, they said I was like a whole new person and they had not seen me in that good of spirits and that relaxed in years.”
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