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U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District, speaks Thursday about how integral the Bemidji Regional Airport is to regional economic development during groundbreaking ceremonies for the airport's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facililty. Behind him is Bemidji Regional Airport Authority Executive Director Harold Van Leeuwen. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Peterson starts early on farm bill

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Agriculture is one of the first major program areas to cut the federal deficit, says U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.

Peterson, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, proposes in the 2012 Farm Bill to end direct payments to farmers and even out other farm programs that pay farmers on production rather than land ownership.

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