Congressman Collin Peterson -- Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2010
CONTACT: 
Toni Merdan/218-849-7344

Peterson announces Secretary Vilsack's attendance at 2010 Home Grown Economy conference

(Detroit Lakes, MN) – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced today that United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Marshall on February 15 and 16 to attend and give the keynote address at the 2010 Home Grown Economy conference at Southwest Minnesota State University (SWSU).

“Having Secretary Vilsack come to Marshall to attend and participate in this year’s conference is a big deal for us,” Peterson said. “He knows agriculture and he knows that local foods are an important component of economic development for us. I think people are going to be very interested to talk with him and to hear what he has to say.”

The Home Grown Economy Conference will kickoff on Monday, February 15, with a Local Food and Wine Sampler Showcase catered by Dr. Michael Cheng’s culinary students at SWSU. Rep. Peterson and Secretary Vilsack will also be there to welcome conference attendees and Rep. Peterson will play his guitar and sing with a local band. Registration for Monday’s event will be limited to the first 120 people who register.

“On Tuesday Secretary Vilsack will be our keynote speaker,” Peterson said. “As people know he’s a former governor of Iowa and he knows from a lot of first hand experience how agriculture generates economic growth in rural America.”

In addition to the Marshall location, Secretary Vilsack’s keynote address and other sessions on Tuesday, February 16 will be broadcast to other locations in the District through interactive video. The following college campus locations will be participating: University of Minnesota, Crookston, University of Minnesota, Morris, Bemidji State University, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.

For more information on the 2010 Home Grown Economy conference or to register, go to www.regionalpartnerships.umn.edu, or contact Congressman Peterson’s office at 218-847-5056.

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