After 30 years in Congress, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson lost his bid for reelection and that is the Number Six story in RRFN’s recap of the top stories of 2020. Republican challenger Michelle Fischbach defeated Peterson 54 percent-to-40 percent in Minnesota’s Seventh District. “He had the ability over his many years in Congress to cross the aisle and get the votes and gain acceptance for his policy,” said ProFarmer analyst Jim Weisemeyer. “To lose someone like Collin Peterson is a big gap; it’s like losing a star player on a baseball team.” Peterson took a parting shot, introducing legislation in early December to expand the Conservation Reserve Program to a minimum of 50 million acres. Regarding his future, Peterson said “for the time being, I’m going to step back and take a couple breathes and figure out what I want to do when I grow up.”
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