Collin Peterson to speak on farm policy

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will be a featured speaker in this year’s Minnesota Water Resources Conference, a two-day event hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center. The conference will be Oct. 19 and 20 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Peterson, chair of the U.S. House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee and a key player in  development of the 2012 Farm Bill, will speak on “The Future of Farm Policy” at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 19.

The conference will also spotlight innovative and practical water resources engineering solutions and the latest research in the area of water quality management. Topics include a session on emerging contaminants in lakes, rivers and groundwater;  the application of technologies such as Minnesota’s Light Detection and Ranging high-resolution mapping project; and best practices in the design and application of filtration, drainage and wastewater systems.

The annual event attracts about 600 water quality and environmental researchers, environmental agency professionals, practitioners in water management, civil and environmental engineers and students.

The event is sponsored by WRC and the university’s College of Continuing Education and co-sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering, Minnesota Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Minnesota Sea Grant and the Natural Resources Research Institute.

For registration details, visit or call 612-625-2900.

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