Press Release: Peterson Leadership Crucial to Meatpacking Crisis

House Ag Chair Moves to Protect Livestock Producers, Meatpacking Workers

April 30, 2020 – At a press conference in Worthington, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, MN-07, said he is establishing a local task force to address what needs to happen to re-open production at a JBS meat packing plant where more than 500 workers tested positive for COVID19.

 “Our rural communities depend on the farm economy, and this plant is both a major employer and a major buyer of hogs,” said Kelly Erickson, steering committee chairman of the Committee for Stronger Rural Communities. “The crisis we face today is exactly why we need people like Collin Peterson in Congress. Peterson knows what farmers and ranchers need. He knows what our ag workers need. He knows what our rural communities need, and he’s fighting like hell to pull it all together. There is no one else who can pull this together like Peterson can.”

Peterson said he had spoken to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue earlier in the day to coordinate the plan, and said he would continue to work with Secretary Perdue to address the national crisis. Peterson was joined by Gov. Tim Walz, Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and State Veterinarian Beth Thompson.

About the CSRC

A bipartisan committee, CSRC champions a policy agenda to strengthen rural America by supporting federal candidates who can make a significant, positive impact on rural America. In 2020, CSRC is focusing on the reelection of Rep. Collin Peterson, MN-7, because of his leadership and record of accomplishment on rural issues.