Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is behind an effort to create the Midwest Council on Agriculture. This group is being patterned after an alliance of agricultural businesses and farm groups, such as the Southwest Council on Agriculture and the Delta Council. Peterson is hopeful the Midwest Council on Agriculture will be a political force like those in the Southern states “because those guys have eaten our lunch policy-wise.” North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin will be represented. Former USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey is working with Peterson in the formation of the group. Howard Olson of AgCountry Farm Credit Services is the inaugural chairman.
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