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Brief: Peterson to host Farm Bill meeting

MARSHALL -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, will host a public meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 17 to discuss opportunities in the 2008 Farm Bill for growing markets in organic, locally grown and sustainable agriculture.

The meeting, in the Conference Center's lower ballroom on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, will be conducted via ITV. Representatives from USDA Rural Development and members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee staff will explain the various programs such as the Value Added Producers Grant, Rural Energy for America, Farmers Market Promotion Program, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Research provisions.

There is no charge to attend; however RSVP's are requested by registering at http://collin, calling (218) 253-4356 or e-mailing JoAnn.Zutz@mail.