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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, left, and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson discuss the economic opportunities of a local foods economy during a break at the Home Grown Economy conference at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Condition of U.S. economy likely to lead to changes in ag programs

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MARSHALL -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson warned that agriculture needs to be ready for major changes to farm support programs as the country comes to grip with the current financial situation.

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Peterson, chairman of the Agriculture Committee in the House, told an audience Tuesday at the Home Grown Economy conference in Marshall that he would be launching hearings on the farm bill at the end of March, six months earlier than would be the norm.

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